Breaking News on the Covington Story

The latest news is that The Washinton Post has had to publish a retraction:  Mr. Phillips, the Native American, was in the U.S. Marines but never served in Viet Nam.  Plus Covington Catholic H.S. has had to cancel classes due to threats made to the students and protesters protesting out front.
Who in the world issues a permit for radical protesters to march around in front of a school in order to intimidate the students?
We previously reported in this blog, apparently incorrectly, that he had not served in the U.S. Marines, but it seems he was in the Marine Corps.
According to the Washington Post’s retraction:
Phillips served in the U.S. Marines from 1972 to 1976 but was never deployed to Vietnam.”
Phillips is listed as being born in 1955.  Would he have been old enough to enlist in the Marines in 1972, at the age of 17?  Did he lie about his age?  Young men have been known to do that in order to join the military…
Further good news is that President Trump has invited Nick Sandmann to the White House as early as tomorrow.  That ought to launch the Liberals to the Moon.
Young Mr. Sandmann is quickly becoming the cover boy for courage in the face of determined intimidation.  He conveys the quiet assurance of his convictions.
Bravo!
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Published in: on January 22, 2019 at 3:02 pm  Leave a Comment  

Media Sends Out Wrong Smoke Signals Over Covington Video

A group of Catholic schoolboys from Covington Catholic High School in Kentucky were in Washington, D.C. on Friday, Jan. 18, to participate in the March to Life Rally.  As they were waiting for the bus near the Lincoln Memorial to take them home (the Lincoln Memorial is often a popular site for bus drivers to pick up their groups as the Memorial plaza is quite large and has enough space for multiple buses to line up), they inadvertently became involved in a viral video controversy that has taken five days to straighten out.

 

The shorter version of the video shows 15 year-old Nick Sandmann, a Covington Catholic H.S. student, wearing a red “Make America Great Again” cap facing a Native American, Nathan Phillips, who was beating what he called a “peace drum.”  Sandmann appears to be smirking, as his classmates and chaperones seem to be snickering and giggling.

 

CNN told the story this way:

 

“A crowd of teenagers surrounded a Native American elder and other activists and appeared to mock them after Friday’s Indigenous Peoples March at the Lincoln Memorial.

 

“Videos of the confrontation show a smiling young man in a red Make America Great Again hat standing directly in front of the man, who was playing a drum and chanting.  Other kids could be seen laughing, jumping around and seemingly making fun of the chants.

 

“Nathan Phillips, an elder with the Omaha tribe, said the confrontation felt like ‘hate unbridled.’ In the moment, he said he was scared for his safety and the safety of those with him.

 

The behavior of the students from Covington Catholic High School — an all-boys’ school in Northern Kentucky — triggered wide-spread condemnation from lawmakers and celebrities as well as the school district, the mayor of the neighboring town and Covington’s Roman Catholic Diocese.”

 

The Covington Diocese immediately issued an apology and a condemnation of its students:

 

In a statement given to CNN affiliate WLWT, spokeswoman Laura Keener said the diocese would investigate the incident and take appropriate action.

 

“’We condemn the actions of the Covington Catholic High School students towards Nathan Phillips specifically, and Native Americans in general, Jan. 18, after the March for Life, in Washington, D.C.  We extend our deepest apologies to Mr. Phillips.  This behavior is opposed to the Church’s teachings on the dignity and respect of the human person.’

 

“’The matter is being investigated and we will take appropriate action, up to and including expulsion.  We know this incident has also tainted the entire witness of the March for Life and express our most sincere apologies to all those who attended the March and all those who support the pro-life movement.’”

 

According to CNN, “The person who shot the videos described the atmosphere as tense.

 

“Kaya Taitano, a student at the University of the District of Columbia, participated in the Indigenous Peoples March earlier in the day.  She said the teens were chanting things like ‘Build the Wall’ and ‘Trump 2020.’  Those chants were not audible in videos reviewed by CNN.

 

“’I did not feel safe in that circle,’ she said.”

 

“Taitano said the whole incident started when the teens and four young African-Americans, who’d been preaching about the Bible nearby, starting yelling and calling each other names.

 

“Another video shot before the encounter shows men who identify as members of the Hebrew Israelites taunting the students and other passersby with racist slurs.

 

“It got pretty intense,’ Taitano said, so Phillips started playing his drum and chanting what she was told was a healing prayer, to help defuse the situation.

 

“Phillips walked through the crowd, and Taitano said things were starting to calm down until he got to the grinning boy seen in the video.

 

“’This one kid just refused to move and he just got in Nathan’s face,’ she said.

 

“’Other boys circled around, she said.  ‘They just surrounded him and they were mocking him and mocking the chant.  We really didn’t know what was going to happen there.’

 

“Phillips is a Viet Nam veteran who says he served between 1972 and 1976.  He is a former director of the Native Youth Alliance and holds an annual ceremony honoring Native American veterans in Arlington National Cemetery.

 

“I was scared, I was worried for my young friends.  I don’t want to cause harm to anyone,’ Phillips told CNN’s Sara Sidner.  ‘I don’t like the word ‘hate.’  I don’t like even saying it, but it was hate unbridled.  It was like a storm.’

 

“The crowd kept growing as Phillips and the boy stood face to face, but Phillips kept on chanting and playing his drum.

 

“’What the young man was doing was blocking my escape.  I wanted to leave.  I was thinking ‘How do I get myself out of this?  I want to get away from it,’ Phillips said.

 

“But Sandmann said it was clear to him that Phillips had singled him out for a confrontation, although he was not sure why.

 

Taitano said the standoff continued until a chaperone led the teens away for a photograph.

 

Taitano, who is from Guam, said she was raised to treat her elders with respect so it hurt to see them treat Phillips so badly.

 

“Phillips also appeared upset in a video Taitano posted after the confrontation.  He wiped away tears as he talked about the students’ actions.

 

“’I wish I could see that energy of the young mass of young men to, you know, put that energy into, you know, making this country really, really great by helping those who are hungry, you know,” Phillips said.”

 

According to PJ Media: “Thanks to the sloppy, one-sided reporting of the malicious, agenda-driven media, a group of Catholic high school teenagers and their families have become the subjects of threats and harassment from a hateful online outrage mob. Their only sins? Being white, Catholic, and supporters of the president.

 

“The full story has emerged in the wake of the fake news blitzkrieg over the weekend, and the media outlets that spread defamatory smears against the kids are now being warned to correct and retract their stories or face a lawsuit. Contrary to the media’s malicious narrative, the kids were not racist rednecks mobbing a Native American elder with hateful slurs. It was quite the opposite.

 

“Los Angeles-based trial lawyer Robert Barnes offered to represent the Covington families for free should they decide to sue the New York Times.”

 

Or, perhaps, the Covington Diocese for defamation of character?

 

Nick Sandmann published a full statement, which made its way to Facebook and other social media:

 

Statement of Nick Sandmann, Covington Catholic High School Junior, Regarding Incident at the Lincoln Memorial  :

 

I am providing this factual account of what happened on Friday afternoon at the Lincoln Memorial to correct misinformation and outright lies being spread about my family and me.

I am the student in the video who was confronted by the Native American protestor. I arrived at the Lincoln Memorial at 4:30 p.m. I was told to be there by 5:30 p.m., when our busses were due to leave Washington for the trip back to Kentucky. We had been attending the March for Life rally, and then had split up into small groups to do sightseeing.

When we arrived, we noticed four African American protestors who were also on the steps of the Lincoln Memorial. I am not sure what they were protesting, and I did not interact with them. I did hear them direct derogatory insults at our school group.

The protestors said hateful things. They called us “racists,” “bigots,” “white crackers,” “f*****s,” and “incest kids.” They also taunted an African American student from my school by telling him that we would “harvest his organs.” I have no idea what that insult means, but it was startling to hear.

Because we were being loudly attacked and taunted in public, a student in our group asked one of our teacher chaperones for permission to begin our school spirit chants to counter the hateful things that were being shouted at our group. The chants are commonly used at sporting events. They are all positive in nature and sound like what you would hear at any high school. Our chaperone gave us permission to use our school chants. We would not have done that without obtaining permission from the adults in charge of our group.

At no time did I hear any student chant anything other than the school spirit chants. I did not witness or hear any students chant “build that wall” or anything hateful or racist at any time. Assertions to the contrary are simply false. Our chants were loud because we wanted to drown out the hateful comments that were being shouted at us by the protestors.

After a few minutes of chanting, the Native American protestors, who I hadn’t previously noticed, approached our group. The Native American protestors had drums and were accompanied by at least one person with a camera.

The protestor everyone has seen in the video began playing his drum as he waded into the crowd, which parted for him. I did not see anyone try to block his path. He locked eyes with me and approached me, coming within inches of my face. He played his drum the entire time he was in my face.

I never interacted with this protestor. I did not speak to him. I did not make any hand gestures or other aggressive moves. To be honest, I was startled and confused as to why he had approached me. We had already been yelled at by another group of protestors, and when the second group approached, I was worried that a situation was getting out of control where adults were attempting to provoke teenagers.

I believed that by remaining motionless and calm, I was helping to diffuse the situation. I realized everyone had cameras and that perhaps a group of adults was trying to provoke a group of teenagers into a larger conflict. I said a silent prayer that the situation would not get out of hand.

During the period of the drumming, a member of the protestor’s entourage began yelling at a fellow student that we “stole [their] land” and that we should “go back to Europe.”  I heard one of my fellow students begin to respond.  I motioned to my classmate and tried to get him to stop engaging with the protestor, as I was still [of] the mindset that we needed to calm down tensions.
I never felt like I was blocking the Native American protestor. He did not make any attempt to go around me. It was clear to me that he had singled me out for a confrontation, although I am not sure why.


The engagement ended when one of our teachers told me the buses had arrived and it was time to go. I obeyed my teacher and simply walked to the buses. At that moment, I thought I had diffused the situation by remaining calm, and I was thankful nothing physical had occurred.

I never understood why either of the two groups of protestors were engaging with us, or exactly what they were protesting at the Lincoln Memorial. We were simply there to meet a bus, not become central players in a media spectacle. This is the first time in my life I’ve ever encountered any sort of public protest, let alone this kind of confrontation or demonstration.

I was not intentionally making faces at the protestor. I did smile at one point because I wanted him to know that I was not going to become angry, intimidated or be provoked into a larger confrontation. I am a faithful Christian and practicing Catholic, and I always try to live up to the ideals my faith teaches me – to remain respectful of others, and to take no action that would lead to conflict or violence.

I harbor no ill will for this person. I respect this person’s right to protest and engage in free speech activities, and I support his chanting on the steps of the Lincoln Memorial any day of the week. I believe he should re-think his tactics of invading the personal space of others, but that is his choice to make.

I am being called every name in the book, including a racist, and I will not stand for this mob-like character assassination of my family’s name. My parents were not on the trip, and I strive to represent my family in a respectful way in all public settings.

I have received physical and death threats via social media, as well as hateful insults. One person threatened to harm me at school, and one person claims to live in my neighborhood.  My parents are receiving death and professional threats because of the social media mob that has formed over this issue.

I love my school, my teachers and my classmates. I work hard to achieve good grades and to participate in several extracurricular activities. I am mortified that so many people have come to believe something that did not happen – that students from my school were chanting or acting in a racist fashion toward African Americans or Native Americans. I did not do that, do not have hateful feelings in my heart, and did not witness any of my classmates doing that.

I cannot speak for everyone, only for myself. But I can tell you my experience with Covington Catholic is that students are respectful of all races and cultures. We also support everyone’s right to free speech.


I am not going to comment on the words or account of Mr. Phillips, as I don’t know him and would not presume to know what is in his heart or mind. Nor am I going to comment further on the other protestors, as I don’t know their hearts or minds, either.

I have read that Mr. Phillips is a veteran of the United States Marines. I thank him for his service and am grateful to anyone who puts on the uniform to defend our nation. If anyone has earned the right to speak freely, it is a U.S. Marine veteran.

I can only speak for myself and what I observed and felt at the time. But I would caution everyone passing judgement based on a few seconds of video to watch the longer video clips that are on the internet, as they show a much different story than is being portrayed by people with agendas.

I provided this account of events to the Diocese of Covington so they may know exactly what happened, and I stand ready and willing to cooperate with any investigation they are conducting.

Young Mr. Sandmann and his pals were wearing red “Make America Great Again Hats.”  Phillips’ last statement about “making this country really, really great” gives us a clue as to what the real problem was.  To Liberal zealots, the red hat of Donald Trump is a red flag.

 

When you look at the video, there is a crowd of young people, whom we later found out were waiting for their bus to take them back to Covington, Ky.  How could Phillips think he was going to “escape” that way?  All he had to do was turn around and leave.  Eventually, he did.

 

The fact of the matter is, Phillips confronted the young high school student, and singled him out, not the other way around.  If Phillips was trying to send the youth a message, he was wasting his time.  Sandmann had already heard a message, from Jesus Christ.  Pagan drumming would certainly not persuade him.

 

Sandmann, CNN reported, “…cautioned against rushing to judgment based on the short time captured on the videos and encouraged people to watch longer clips available online, ‘as they show a much different story than is being portrayed by people with agendas,’ he said.

 

‘I am mortified that so many people have come to believe something that did not happen – that students from my school were chanting or acting in a racist fashion toward African-Americans or Native Americans.  I did not do that.  I do not have hateful feelings in my heart, and did not witness any of my classmates doing that.

 

“He said the incident began when a group identifying themselves as the Hebrew Israelites began to shout disparaging and vulgar comments at his group.  He said the student began using school spirit chants – with permission from teachers – in response to the taunts.

 

“He denied that anyone in the group said ‘build the wall’ or used hateful or racist language toward Phillips.

 

“’Our chants were loud because we wanted to drown out the hateful comments that were being shouted at us by the protesters,’ he said.

 

“’We had already been yelled at by another group of protesters, and when the second group approached, I was worried that a situation was getting out of control where adults were attempting to provoke teenagers.’”

 

No one should be surprised that teenaged schoolboys would giggle at an act of street theater.  They probably thought the Native American looked ridiculous and that the “stand-off” was an unexpected diversion that they would recount long after they left high school.  They probably did find it funny.  Although there is no record of it, there’s also a good chance that they did shout, “Build the Wall!”

 

What if they had?  In the nation’s capital, on the steps of the Lincoln Memorial, has it become a crime to state your opinion, in an act of free speech?  Apparently, it has.  Covington Catholic High School wasted no time in condemning their students, before they even knew the truth of the matter.  They automatically assumed their students were guilty and performed the politically-correct mea culpas to the Media.

 

Only the Media, not to mention Ms. Taitano, grossly misrepresented the truth and now face a lawsuit if they don’t offer a retraction of their stories.

 

To be a white, Catholic school boy, a 15 year-old boy to be exact, wearing a red MAGA cap in support of President Trump is not a crime.

 

Just ask Supreme Court Justice Brett Kavanaugh.

 

 

 

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Published in: on January 22, 2019 at 12:13 pm  Leave a Comment  

Beyond Our Reach

President Trump’s address this past Saturday was probably the most disappointing of all his speeches since he began campaigning for president.  With a deadlock between the Democrats and Republicans, between Pres. Trump and NancyandChuck over the border wall and the consequent government shutdown, his speech sounded just like every other Republican speech about how we must “reach across the aisle” and “unite with the Democrats.”

 

Maybe his words were palliative to indignant Republicans in Name Only and their elitist voters.  But to the rest of us, it was just a big bore.  That’s some “deal” he offered:  another one million DACA aliens over the next two years.  Yeah, that’ll really solve our problems.  Another million in addition to the millions who’ve been here since the 1990s and decimated our suburban neighborhoods.

 

Did I mention finding heroin packets on Knolls Road?!  Did anyone hear me?  Or that New Jersey has turned bluer than a peddler out on the streets last night in single-digit temperatures?

 

We are in a war for the soul of this country and the illegal aliens are the Democrats’ pawns, Marxist citizens from Third-World dictatorships.  We don’t need to look at their race or skin color.  We only need to know where they came from.

 

The Media violin section has been busy crying the blues for out-of-work government workers, whose salaries the working class has gone broke paying.  They cry the blues for “refugees” from the Narco States in Central and South America.  Innocent victims (witnesses) are routinely murdered there.  The government turns a blind eye.  Latin American judges over the decades have been assassinated for jailing cartel members.

 

And these people are coming here.  They are here.  They’ve been here for thirty years. We want them gone.  We want our quiet suburban neighborhoods back.  Are we going to have to finally do it ourselves?  Is that what it’s going to take?

 

Justice doesn’t exist anymore in New Jersey, certainly not in blighted-city ridden Passaic County.  We’re the hub of the Heroin Trail, for gosh sakes.  Our County Sheriff’s Department does it best.  A number of their own were murdered some years ago, right around their own parking lot.  They’ve since moved.

 

If the County Sheriff’s Department isn’t safe, what chance do we locals stand?  Thanks to the Democrat stranglehold on New Jersey’s economy, its sanctuary state attitude towards Latin American arrivals, and its plowing under of suburban lands and suburban homes (our new governor has vowed major tax increases as well as legalization of marijuana), decent, Middle Class New Jerseyans have been fleeing the state for the last decade, to be replaced by Limousine Liberals from Manhattan and Long Island moving into the high-density warehouses and illegal aliens who vote for the Democrats.

 

We have been invaded and the only thing residents can do is move.  Unless the illegal aliens are removed, decent people don’t stand a chance.  Thanks to this double incursion, New Jersey is a one-party state.

 

President Trump can’t visit his Bedminster golf club without being harassed by Liberal protesters.  We do our best for him, but all we can do is shout back at them.  He can’t visit his own New Jersey property without the headache of bullhorn loudmouths, then he should understand how the besieged Conservatives of northern New Jersey feel.

 

Fortunately, right after his Saturday address, Nancy turned Trump down flat.  Absolutely no deal.  Maybe that’s what he was counting.  Word is that the Republican Senate would also vote against the deal.

 

He has to say something, we suppose.  He’s supposed to represent the entire country.  How can a president of the United States represent people who support Socialism and Marxism, repressing free speech on college campuses, and abolishing the Second Amendment?

 

As for the State of the Union address, a caller to Rush Limbaugh’s radio show on Friday pointed out that Article II, Section 3 of the U.S. Constitution, allows the president to convene and adjourn Congress:  “…he may, on extraordinary occasions, convene both Houses or either of them, and in Case of Disagreement between them, with Respect to the Time of Adjournment, he may adjourn them to such Time as he shall think proper…”

 

Although the Speaker of the House traditionally holds the key to the House, she cannot prevent the president from summoning Congress to a meeting.

 

President Trump, it turns out, does not need to make any deals with NancyandChuck at all.  As for those “poor” government workers – who make more money than their private sector counterparts:  let them try to find a “real” job.

 

There are 92 cabinet-level agencies and 64 independent federal government agencies, some necessary, others not only not necessary but contrary to the way free society ought to govern itself (e.g., the Department of Education), and some redundant.  Why is the Coast Guard listed under the Department of Homeland Security instead of the Department of Defense?  Why is there a DHS at all, Sept. 11th notwithstanding?

 

If workers at the Bureau of Reclamation or the Economic Research Service, for instance, are out of work this week, we certainly haven’t missed them.  If Marxist editors aren’t reviewing revisionist high school history books, well isn’t that just a shame?  And the people at Fannie Mae, Freddie Mac, Ginnie Mae, not to mention the FHA, directly responsible for the 2008 catastrophe – well, they should have been sent looking for work a decade ago.

 

The Corporation for National and Community Service?  The Consumer Financial Protection Bureau was the bureaucratic off-spring of Barack Obama and should have been closed down the day Trump took office.  Or how about all the additional IRS agents Obama hired?

 

All these people are drawing paychecks from our increasing taxes, regulating every aspect of our lives and grabbing our money.

 

And we’re supposed to feel sorry for them?  A government “worker.”  That’s almost an oxymoron.

 

There is no unity with those people.  They have a rather one-sided notion of “unity” one that will be beyond the reach of a free people.

 

 

Published in: on January 21, 2019 at 1:31 pm  Leave a Comment  

‘Nancy, You’re Grounded!

American Conservatives are having a good laugh and waxing witty this morning on Facebook, after Pres. Trump canceled Nancy Pelosi’s government-sponsored flight to the Middle East and Brussels. 

 

The President abruptly denied the military aircraft to House Speaker Nancy Pelosi on Thursday for a foreign trip just minutes before the congressional delegation was set to depart on a U.S. Air Force bus, in a stunning decision that followed her call to delay the State of the Union address amid the government shutdown.  According to sources, the President pulled the plug on Pelosi’s aircraft as she and her entourage were about to leave for the overseas trip. Her congressional delegation’s military aircraft was slated to depart at 3 p.m. ET.

 

In dramatic fashion, Trump issued a letter to Pelosi on Thursday, just before she and other lawmakers were set to depart on the previously undisclosed trip to Afghanistan and Brussels. Trump belittled the trip as a “public relations event” – basically, a junket – and said it would be best if Pelosi remained in Washington to negotiate to reopen the government.

 

“Dear Madame Secretary,” the letter said,

 

“Due to the Shutdown, I am sorry to inform you that your trip to Brussels, Egypt, and Afghanistan has been postponed.  We will reschedule this seven-day excursion when the Shutdown is over.  In light of the 800,000 great Americans not receiving pay, I am sure you would agree that postponing this public relations event is totally appropriate.  I also feel that, during this period it would be better if you were in Washington negotiating with me and joining the Strong Border Security movement to end the Shutdown.  Obviously, if you would to make your journey by flying commercial, that would certainly be your prerogative.

 

“I look forward to seeing you soon and even more forward to watching our open and dangerous Southern Border finally receive the attention, funding, and security it desperately deserves!”

 

“Sincerely,

 

“Donald J. Trump”

 

Boom!

 

Pelosi spokesman Drew Hammill claimed the speaker planned to travel to Afghanistan and Brussels to thank service members and obtain briefings on national security and intelligence “from those on the front lines.” He noted Trump had traveled to Iraq during the shutdown and said a Republican-led congressional trip also had taken place.

 

The Republican Congressional delegation had not, however, played politics with the President and shut him out of the House of Representatives.  Nancy had.  Two can play at that game.

 

In any case, as Commander-in-Chief, the President has more plausibility in making a trip to visit the troops than does the Speaker of the House of Representatives.

 

For security reasons, Pelosi would normally make such a trip on a military aircraft supplied by the Pentagon. According to a defense official, Pelosi did request Defense Department support for overseas travel and it was initially approved. The official wasn’t authorized to speak by name about the matter, so spoke on condition of anonymity.

 

The official said the president does have the authority to cancel the use of military aircraft.

 

According to Fox News, President Trump has also canceled the U.S. delegation’s upcoming trip to the World Economic Forum in Davos, Switzerland, “out of consideration” for furloughed Americans amid the partial government shutdown, White House Press Secretary Sarah Sanders said in a statement Thursday.

 

“Out of consideration for the 800,000 great American workers not receiving pay and to ensure his team can assist as needed, President Trump has canceled his Delegation’s trip to the World Economic Forum in Davos, Switzerland,” the statement read.

 

The announcement is a change of plans from earlier this week.

 

On Tuesday, the White House announced he White House announced that Treasury Secretary Steven Mnuchin would lead the delegation in Switzerland. Delegation members included Secretary of State Mike Pompeo and Secretary of Commerce Wilbur Ross, among others. The group was going to attend the summit from Jan. 22 through Jan. 25, the White House said.

 

Republican leaders are divided on the nature of the President’s action.  Vice President Mike Pence supported the President’s cancellation of the military plane, calling it “appropriate.”   House Minority Leader Kevin McCarthy, R-Calif., said it was “completely appropriate.” Sen. Lindsey Graham, R-S.C., called it “inappropriate.”

 

“One sophomoric response does not deserve another. Speaker Pelosi’s threat to cancel the State of the Union is very irresponsible and blatantly political,” he tweeted.

 

The scheduled date for the State of the Union address is January 29.

 

Various Facebook conservatives were having a great time responding to the President’s actions:

 

“Tell her to take her broom.”

 

“He should have cancelled the return flight.”

 

“On December 17, 1903, the Wright Brothers flew 852 feet.  That’s 852 feet farther than Nancy Pelosi flew on January 17, 2019.”

 

“Call an ambulance; she got burned.”

“Nancy Pelosi has been added to the ‘No-Fly’ list!”

 

“Nancy: ‘I got Trumped!”

 

A picture shows a group of people on a portable step-ramp on a tarmac, with no airplane to board.  Caption:  “Nancy Pelosi’s flight during a Shutdown.”

 

Americans are divided about whether he should bother addressing the House of Representatives.  Some Americans feel he should deliver the address in the smaller Senate Chamber.  Others believe he should send the letter and address the nation from the Oval Office. Still others think it should be at some rally point, like out in Pennsylvania.  This blogger still votes for the U.S. Army Reserve Base in McAllen, Tex.  Invite the Republican Congressmen and any other special guests.

 

One thing Conservative American people agree on is that his letter was a well-deserved zinger to Nancy Pelosi.  But they also believe he shouldn’t make a big deal about giving the State of the Union Address in the House of Representatives.  Send the address to Congress via Registered Mail, and choose some alternate venue more worthy of the President.

 

Thanks for the laugh, Mr. President.  Political suits may stick their noses haughtily in the air and declare how unfitting it was for a President of the United States of America to respond in what they consider a sophomoric tit-for-tat.

 

Never mind them; your letter made our day!

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Published in: on January 18, 2019 at 11:12 am  Leave a Comment  

The Spite of the Union

The State of the Union address fulfills rules in Article I, Section 3 of the U.S. Constitution, requiring the President to periodically “give to the Congress Information of the State of the Union, and recommend to their Consideration such measures as he shall judge necessary and expedient.”

 

During most of the country’s first century, the President primarily only submitted a written report to Congress. After 1913, Woodrow Wilson, the 28th U.S. President, began the regular practice of delivering the address to Congress in person as a way to rally support for the President’s agenda. With the advent of radio and television, the address is now broadcast live across the country on many networks.

 

Although the language of this State of the Union Clause of the Constitution is not specific, since the 1930s, the President makes this report annually in late January or early February. Between 1934 and 2013 the date has been as early as January 3, and as late as February 12.

 

While not required to deliver a speech, every president since Woodrow Wilson, with the notable exception of Herbert Hoover, has made at least one State of the Union report as a speech delivered before a joint session of Congress. Before that time, most presidents delivered the State of the Union as a written report.

 

Since Franklin Roosevelt, the State of the Union is given typically each January before a joint session of the United States Congress and is held in the House of Representatives chamber of the United States Capitol.

 

What began as a communication between president and Congress has become in effect a communication between the president and the people of the United States. Since the advent of radio, and then television, the speech has been broadcast live on most networks, pre-empting scheduled programming. To reach the largest audience, the speech, once given during the day, is now typically given in the evening, after 9 p.m.

 

This year, Speaker of the House of Representatives Nancy Pelosi (D), has disinvited Pres. Trump from giving the State of the Union in the House Chamber.  The Speaker of the House holds the keys to the House and can lock anyone out (or in) that she chooses.

 

Ostensibly, the reason is security.  But what’s really eating at Nancy is the government shutdown over building the security wall on our southern border.  She refuses to invite the President to the House until the government shutdown is settled.  Given her stubbornness and Trump’s persistence, we may have a whole, new Republican House of Representatives by the time the deal is sealed.

 

Trump will have cleaned out more of the Obama Justice Department holdovers by then.  The Constitution gives no set timetable for giving the State of the Union address.  It doesn’t necessarily have to be in the House of Representatives or even given in person.  He could simply send a letter – which is what she suggested, with a harrumph!

 

He could send the letter and read it to the people of the United States from Oval Office.  He could give it in the Senate.  Although the Senate chamber is smaller, perhaps some Republican Senators could volunteer to give up their seats and gallery visitors spaces to their House counterparts.  He could give it on the steps of the Capitol (although it’s a little cold right now for outdoor speeches).  Trump could give the speech from Mar-a-Lago or from Bedminster.

 

Or he could give the address from the Southern border, surrounded by our Federal ICE agents and other law enforcement.  The U.S. Army Reserve has a base in McAllen, Texas.  He’s the Commander-in-Chief of the Armed Forces.  They’re not likely to lock him out.

 

The state of the union in 2019 can be summed up this way:  The union is insuperably divided by ideologically partisan politics that can no more be united than you can glue an egg back together when it’s broken.  The U.S. Constitution is a sufficiently liberal document, in the classical sense, that the President is not shackled by a custom not actually written into the Constitution.  The Constitution gives him enough leeway that if a spiteful, divisive element prevents him from delivering the State of the Union, other options are open to him.

 

The President should send the letter, the minimum requirement of the U.S. Constitution, and address the American people, informing them of the letter’s contents, from McAllen, Texas.

 

 

Published in: on January 17, 2019 at 11:40 am  Leave a Comment  

Britain Finding Breaking Brussels’ Umbilical Cord Bothersome

Parliament just turned down a no-confidence vote in British Prime Minister Theresa May. The vote was close, but the British people are willing to give her a second chance at negotiating a Brexit deal with the European Union that will represent a clear separation from Europe’s economic fiasco.

The deal May originally signed gave no relief to Great Britain from Brussel’s stranglehold over the island nation. Predictably, Parliament called her on the carpet. Her agreement, which was designed to make it seem as though Great Britain couldn’t survive without Brussels, was crushed by parliament on Tuesday in the biggest defeat for a British government in modern times.

Before meetings can begin, May had to first defeat an attempt to topple her government, in the form of the no- confidence vote brought forward by opposition Labour leader Jeremy Corbyn. That vote is expected to take place around 1900 GMT and May is expected to win.

Now that she has survived, what is she going to do to make certain that Brexit works as the British people want it to do? Perhaps she should consult with President Trump to get some advice on how to negotiate a deal that will work for her people.

Reuters reports that “Immediately after Tuesday’s 432 to 202 defeat was announced, May stood up in parliament and said: ‘I will then hold meetings with my colleagues, our confidence and supply partner the Democratic Unionist Party, and senior parliamentarians from across the House to identify what would be required to secure the backing of the House.

“’The government will approach those meetings in a constructive spirit, but given the urgent need to make progress we must focus on ideas that are genuinely negotiable and have sufficient support in this House.”

Imagine that. The people of Great Britain demanding their freedom from Europe. May should look back on her country’s history and learn the lessons from her predecessor, Neville Chamberlain.

Concessions don’t work and only put off an inevitable war when the governing European power (in this case, German’s Angela Merkel) senses weakness. Theresa May, as the representative of Great Britain, must do the bidding of her nation, stand up to the European Union, and cut ties with it, or watch Great Britain sink under bureaucratic despotism.

Published in: on January 16, 2019 at 2:36 pm  Leave a Comment  

Earning Your Bridges Before You Name Them

The Metro New York-New Jersey area is agog in anticipation of the demolition of the Tappan Zee Bridge, which crosses over the Hudson River between South Nyack (Grand-View-on-Hudson) and Tarrytown, New York.  In fact, it was demolished just awhile ago, to the happy cheers of NJ News12’s reporters.

Uh, yay?

 

Built in 1955, the bridge’s original name was the Governor Malcolm Wilson Tappan Zee Bridge.  Wilson was RINO Republican Gov. Nelson Rockefeller’s right-hand man and became acting governor of New York himself in December 1973, after Rockefeller resigned to run the Commission on Critical Choices for Americans.

 

The Commission was a bipartisan working group proposed by Pres. Richard Nixon and established at his behest in 1973 by Gov. Rockefeller.  Its purpose was to examine the impact of rapid change upon American society and the place of the United States on the world stage.[1] Rockefeller resigned the governorship of New York in order to devote himself full-time to the CCCA in December, 1973.

 

The cantilever bridge took three years to build and served as a conduit between Rockland and Westchester Counties.  It was the longest bridge in New York State; its total length was 16,0-13 feet and its maximum river clearance was 138 feet.

 

Construction of the new bridge began in 2013, at an estimated cost of 2013.  The new bridge opened in 2017 and demolition of the old bridge began shortly afterward.

With the increasing demands for commuter travel taxing the existing bridges and tunnels, the Port Authority of New York and New Jersey had plans in 1950 to construct a bridge across the Hudson near Dobbs Ferry, N.Y. The proposal was overridden by New York State Gov. Thomas E. Dewey, who wanted to construct a bridge to connect the New York State Thurway across Westchester to the New England Thruway. The Port Authority promised its bondholders that it would not allow any other entity to construct a river crossing within its jurisdiction, which reached to a point one mile (1.6 km) south of Nyack on the western shore of the Hudson River and across to Tarrytown on the eastern shore. The bridge was built on a very tight budget of $81 million (1950 dollars), or $796 million in 2014 dollars.

 

The site of the bridge, at the Hudson River’s second-widest point, added to construction costs. The site was chosen to be as close as possible to New York City, while staying out of the 25-mile (40 km) range of the Port Authority’s influence, thus ensuring that revenue from collected tolls would go to the newly-created New York State Thruway, and not the Port Authority.  A unique aspect of the design of the bridge was that the main span was supported by eight hollow concrete caissons. Their buoyancy supported some of the loads and helped reduce costs.

 

The bridge was designed by Emil Praeger of the Madigan-Hyland engineering firm. Captain Praeger helped develop floating caissons during World War II when the Allied forces needed to create and protect portable harbors for the 1944 invasion of Normandy.

 

Construction started in March 1952 and the bridge opened to traffic on December 15, 1955, along with a 27-mile (43 km) long section of the New York State Thruway from Suffern to Yonkers.  New York State Governor W. Averell Harriman signed a bill on Feb. 28, 1956, to officially name the structure the Tappan Zee Bridge.  In 1994, the name of Malcolm Wilson was added to the bridge’s name upon the 20th anniversary of his entering the governor’s office in December 1974, though it is almost never used when the bridge is spoken about colloquially.

 

Certainly, the news media of the day would never use the name of Republican in reference to a bridge, not even a Liberal Republican like Wilson.

 

Since the end of the 20th Century, calls to replace the aging Tappan Zee Bridge had gone unanswered. The deteriorating structure bore an average of 138,000 vehicles per day by the end of its life, substantially more traffic than its designed capacity. Unlike other major bridges in the Metro New York area, the Tappan Zee was designed to last only 50 years due to material shortages during the Korean War at the time of its construction. In total, the bridge was open for 61 years, 9 months, and 21 days. The new bridge is intended to last at least 100 years without any major repairs.

 

Engineering assessments have determined that “everything from steel corrosion to earthquakes to maritime accidents could cause major, perhaps catastrophic, damage to the [old] span,” prompting one of the top aides in the New York state governor’s office to refer to the Tappan Zee as the “hold-your-breath bridge.”  A 2009 state report noted that the bridge was not built with a plan that was “conducive to long-term durability” and that the Tappan Zee’s engineers designed it to be “nonredundant,” meaning that one “critical fracture could make the bridge fail completely because its supports couldn’t transfer the structure’s load to other supports.”

 

Officials have not bothered to hide their conceit in naming the new bridge after the late governor of New York State, Democrat Mario Cuomo.  There are no other fall-back names for the bridge.  This going to be the “Cuomo Bridge” whether we like it or not.

 

At least when the Triboro Bridge, from Manhattan to Queens, via the Bronx, was “renamed” for Robert F. Kennedy, residents and commuters never bothered to use the “new” name and eventually, the local, propaganda media had to give in and go back to referring to its known name, “the Triboro Bridge.”

 

Naming bridges, roads, buildings, and airports after politicians is a Marxist hubris, from the early 20th Century when the Communist tore down the statues of local heroes and replaced them with statues of Lenin, Stalin and sometimes Trotsky.  But mostly Lenin and Stalin.  Dictators would have statues erected to themselves even before they died.

 

Blacks, in this great tradition, have found one street in every city to name after their hero, Martin Luther King, Jr.  The other day, due to a shooting at the Newport Centre Mall in Jersey City (some friends and I had the honor of playing with a band during the mall’s grand opening years ago), we discovered that the main streets the Mall is on are now named after Thomas Gangemi, an Italian immigrant who was elected as Jersey City’s 35th mayor in 1961 but had to resign two years later when it was discovered that he was in the country illegally (that he had never become a United States citizen) and Luis Munoz Marin (the first elected governor of Puerto Rico).

 

It would take a really old map from the 1980s to find out what the names of the streets were when the mall first opened.  We were in a bus when we got to the mall.  It was December, it was dark, so we never really knew (or cared).

 

The question, is are these people for whom we’re naming infrastructure?  Illegal aliens, governors of bankrupt territories, and New York governors who were rumored to have mob connections (rumors which the late governor vehemently denied; the press supported his denials)?

 

The Cuomo Bridge itself has controversies, beginning with its naming.  Although Cuomo’s son, Andrew, who is now the Gov. of New York advocated naming the bridge after his father, Andrew’s brother Chris denies that his father would have wanted the bridge named after him.

 

According to David McKay Wilson, of TaxWatch.com, “…opposition spread following the launch of a Change.org petition by Port Chester attorney Monroe Mann Jr. that had almost 100,000 signatures in three weeks.

 

BusinessInsider cites construction problems with the new span:

 

  • A whistleblower said engineers have secretly replaced bolts on New York’s new Mario Cuomo Bridge to hide the faults from inspectors, NBC4NY reported Wednesday.
  • The state’s attorney general is investigating the 60 failed bolts (out of more than a million on the entire bridge.)
  • The Mario Cuomo Bridge, which cost $3.98 billion, has been mired in controversy ever since it opened last year.

 

“A small team of engineers worked under the cover of darkness to replace failing bolts on one of New York’s newest bridges, NBC4NY reported Wednesday. 

“Sixty bolts out of more than a million total are known to have failed on the newly opened Mario Cuomo Bridge, located on the Hudson River about 25 miles north of New York City.

 

“An NBC4NY investigation revealed that more failed bolts may have been secretly repaired.

 

“According to a safety inspector turned whistleblower, a handful of workers were covertly replacing broken bolts under the cover of darkness before safety inspections could take place, NBC4NY reported.

 

“The New York Attorney General’s office has been investigating the faulty bolts. The construction company that built the bridge said it’s cooperating and that its work is completely safe. One engineering expert told NBC there’s likely no chance of collapse — just inflated maintenance costs throughout the bridge’s lifespan.

 

BI cites the Associated Press:  ‘In a statement to the New York Times Tappan Zee Constructors said: “All bolt testing performed by multiple parties indicates there is not an issue with the bolts.”

“’TZC has not been provided with, nor is it aware of, any information that is contrary to these bolt testing results,’ it continued. ‘TZC has demonstrated a constant willingness to address any additional issues and will continue to do so.’

 

“The issue could end up being similar to one which plagued the Bay Bridge across the San Francisco Bay, which cost an additional $4.3 million to replace faulty anchors. The builder, in that case, avoided any legal punishment for the problems.

 

“The Mario Cuomo Bridge, which replaced the 50-year-old Tappan Zee Bridge, has been mired in controversy ever since the idea was conceived. Critics were quick to attack Gov. Andrew Cuomo for renaming the new crossing after his father, former Gov. Mario Cuomo. Others said the opening of the $3.98 billion bridge was intentionally sped up to happen before the primary race in which Cuomo defeated challenger Cynthia Nixon.

 

“’Ninety-percent of the time these things are tracked down and found not to be the big problem someone thought in the beginning,’” Thomas Eager, an MIT engineer, told NBC4NY. ‘Ten percent of the time it might end up being a big problem and then it really gets into who is the one who didn’t pay attention to what was going on.’

 

“A New York State Thruway Authority spokesperson told the New York Times that “the bridge is completely safe for the traveling public.”

 

This policy of children of former officials and political affiliates naming bridges after political party heroes needs to revisited.  There should be more debate before infrastructure is deeded to a political party’s dead.  Holding a debate in such a one-sided state as New York is difficult.  There are Republican counties in the state – many of them, in fact – but they’re not heard at election time due to the size and demographic nature of New York City, as well as Buffalo, Rochester, and Albany.

 

In fact, unless the dead have been dead for over 200 years like George Washington and Abraham Lincoln (the George Washington Bridge and the Lincoln Tunnel), the practice should be abolished completely, no matter which party is trying to do the christening.  Time and history should be the arbiters of bridge-naming, not politics.

 

The Dutch did horrible things to the Indians when they arrived – and the Indians did horrible things right back to them.  Still, the Dutch were content to retain the Indian names of most villages, towns, and roads in northern New Jersey.  They named the village of Bloomingdale for a town in Holland.  But the Dutch left the towns of Pompton and Pequannock with their original names.

 

Only since the Latin Americans arrived have the names begun to change.  And the neighborhoods.  Not that Bloomingdale was ever anyone’s Hollywood vision of a suburbs.  We’ve had drugs here pretty much since the 1960s, and liquor stores and taverns lined up from one end of town to the other since Colonial days.

 

But today, degradation sunk to a new level.  Knolls Road is being littered with empty whiskey bottles?  Knolls Road?!  How long will it be before the insurgents rename Knolls Road “Che Guevara Road”?  Shortened to Guevara Road for the small printing on maps.  (The road was not named for its knolly characteristic – although if it had been named for a physical feature, the name would have been “Goat Path Pass” – but rather some of the streets were named for the developer himself, and his kids, Matthew, Jeffrey, Heather, and a partner [Rafkind?].)

 

As for that shooting at Newport Centre Mall last week, if you’d thought it might have been a terrorist incident, you wouldn’t be blamed for thinking so, given Jersey City’s history with terrorists (Sheikh Abdel Rahman) and its large Muslim population.

 

But you’d be wrong.  Turns out it was a gang shooting.  Think MS-13.

 

Luis Munoz Marin Boulevard, indeed.

 

 

 

Published in: on January 15, 2019 at 1:06 pm  Leave a Comment  

The Longest Government Shutdown in U.S. History

Wouldn’t be great if we in the private sector could vote ourselves into our jobs? No matter what we did, the company couldn’t fire us. We could steal, cheat, lie, harass one another, accept favors from business customers, take month-long vacations, and rely on our customers, to whom we’d hand out fabulous bribes, to keep us in our jobs.

But in the war for the wall, ChuckandNancy are vying with President Trump as to whether the wall will be funded and built. Nancy has put her foot down and stuck her tongue out at the President. As a result, the President is allowing the shutdown to continue.

Too bad he can’t make it permanent. The American people are telling the Media that they’re glad. The Media is reporting that the American people are angry. They report day and night on the plight of poor government workers who can’t afford to pay the mortgages on their vacation homes.

They thought the government shutdown and the wall would take the focus off the unpopular topic of presidential impeachment. Now, the bad news about Democrat malfeasance in regard to Russian collusion and the Trump campaign is making the job of finding a diversionary topic difficult for the Dems.

They should quit while they’re behind. None of this is going to end well for them. Sooner or later, the American people are going to figure out that the Democrats rigged the 2018 Mid-Terms, with a good deal of help from RINO candidates like Mitt Romney, who won his race for the Senate seat from Utah.

Romney is apparently setting himself up to lead the Republicans in reviewing charges of impeachment against Pres. Trump. In a Washington Post (the newspaper of Liberal record), he wrote a guest editorial on Jan. 1, 2019, criticizing Trump’s character and leadership

The Trump presidency made a deep descent in December. The departures of Defense Secretary Jim Mattis and White House Chief of Staff John F. Kelly, the appointment of senior persons of lesser experience, the abandonment of allies who fight beside us, and the president’s thoughtless claim that America has long been a “sucker” in world affairs all defined his presidency down.

Matthis and Kelly were invited to leave by the President because, as members of his Cabinet, they opposed some of his policies. A president should expect his cabinet to support him, not excoriate him.

It is well known that Donald Trump was not my choice for the Republican presidential nomination. After he became the nominee, I hoped his campaign would refrain from resentment and name-calling. It did not. When he won the election, I hoped he would rise to the occasion. His early appointments of Rex Tillerson, Jeff Sessions, Nikki Haley, Gary Cohn, H.R. McMaster, Kelly and Mattis were encouraging. But, on balance, his conduct over the past two years, particularly his actions last month, is evidence that the president has not risen to the mantle of the office.
Romney is attempting to return us to early 2016, when the primaries were just getting underway. Certainly, Trump came across as somewhat of a wrestler, grappling with one and all. His primary opponents thought they would win by outclassing him. They thought they’d beat him by taking the high road in their meticulously tailored suits and their expensive haircuts.

Ted Cruz and Marco Rubio, the last two men standing, started to take him on Trump’s own ground and began verbally punching back. Cruz was up to it but mud-wrestling made the more genteel Rubio uncomfortable. At any rate, the GOP found such bare-knuckle politics distasteful and worried that the college-educated felt the same way.

In the end, Trump won the primary, thanks to his mainly white, male voting base. He attracted some black voters who’d woken up to the reality that they’d been misled by Democrat promises. If the Democrats were anti-Capitalist, then they were anti-business and being anti-business and anti-jobs.

Trump promised early on that President Trump would not be Candidate Trump.

And he sure hasn’t been. But not the way the Democrats, the RINO Republicans like Romney or the Propagandists in the Media thought or hoped. Trump is more a man of action than a man of words. Still, he came up with the right words to win over the dubious college-educated and the election, and then go on as President to keep his campaign promises.

It is not that all of the president’s policies have been misguided. He was right to align U.S. corporate taxes with those of global competitors, to strip out excessive regulations, to crack down on China’s unfair trade practices, to reform criminal justice and to appoint conservative judges. These are policies mainstream Republicans have promoted for years. But policies and appointments are only a part of a presidency.

Such a magnanimous admission on Romney’s part. The problem is, we haven’t heard the Republicans promise any such policies or if they did, they quickly forgot them as soon as they entered the nuclear reactor we know as the U.S. Capitol. That’s why we voted for Trump, even if some of us had misgivings in the beginning. Trump has long since assuaged those doubts.

To a great degree, a presidency shapes the public character of the nation. A president should unite us and inspire us to follow “our better angels.” A president should demonstrate the essential qualities of honesty and integrity, and elevate the national discourse with comity and mutual respect. As a nation, we have been blessed with presidents who have called on the greatness of the American spirit. With the nation so divided, resentful and angry, presidential leadership in qualities of character is indispensable. And it is in this province where the incumbent’s shortfall has been most glaring.

If the presidency shapes the public character of the nation, what does that say of the twice-elected Bill Clinton, entertaining an intern in the Oval Office? What president has followed his “better angels?” They are human beings, with no better ability to distinguish between better and lesser angels. From the perspective of a frustrated American public, every Republican president since Ronald Reagan has been led by some kind of angel to “unite” with a strongly Marxist Democrat party to make disastrous decisions for the country. The nation is divided, resentful and angry because its federal leadership has been leading it down the wrong path, feathering its own bed with corrupt regulations, taxing the middle class nearly out of existence, and bowing to the socialist leadership of a Europe that is collapsing from the weight of poorly thought-out socialist policies.

The world is also watching. America has long been looked to for leadership. Our economic and military strength was part of that, of course, but our enduring commitment to principled conduct in foreign relations, and to the rights of all people to freedom and equal justice, was even more esteemed. Trump’s words and actions have caused dismay around the world. In a 2016 Pew Research Center poll, 84 percent of people in Germany, Britain, France, Canada and Sweden believed the American president would “do the right thing in world affairs.” One year later, that number had fallen to 16 percent.

We should follow their leadership? America didn’t think so in 2016. If neatly, nattily dressed Republicans were telling them to follow them down the road of appeasement, then the American people were going to elect a fighter. Two terms of Obama taught them the dangers of listening to a smooth-talking (who often stuttered) snake oil salesman.

The world needs American leadership, and it is in America’s interest to provide it. A world led by authoritarian regimes is a world — and an America — with less prosperity, less freedom, less peace.

America, having elected Donald J. Trump has more prosperity, more freedom, and more peace, than it had with Obama in office. Trump is no war-monger, but he will take the fight to the enemy if required.

To reassume our leadership in world politics, we must repair failings in our politics at home. That project begins, of course, with the highest office once again acting to inspire and unite us. It includes political parties promoting policies that strengthen us rather than promote tribalism by exploiting fear and resentment. Our leaders must defend our vital institutions despite their inevitable failings: a free press, the rule of law, strong churches, and responsible corporations and unions.

There is no remedy for our fractured American politics. We have a two-party system with ideologies that are so far apart as to make unity not only unlikely, but untenable. In order to unite with the Democrats, we would have to surrender our individual freedom, our Constitutional freedoms, and our property and prosperity. Nothing doing. And Republicans wonder why they lost so many seats in the House.

We must repair our fiscal foundation, setting a course to a balanced budget. We must attract the best talent to America’s service and the best innovators to America’s economy.
America is strongest when our arms are linked with other nations. We want a unified and strong Europe, not a disintegrating union. We want stable relationships with the nations of Asia that strengthen our mutual security and prosperity.
Our fiscal foundation was quite solid until the Mid-Terms. Wealthy players have a way of manipulating the markets when it suits them. Jitters about our policy with China – which would help, not hurt, businesses trading with China – gave the stock market a case of whiplash. But that’s the Market for you; they overreact.

Europe’s disintegration is not of America’s making. Their Liberal policies, decades in the making, led to their open-border welcome to Islamist radicals and terrorists who are in the process of a second conquering of the European continent. This time, they intend to succeed and European Marxists are helping them.

I look forward to working on these priorities with Senate Majority Leader Mitch McConnell (R-Ky.) and other senators.

How? By leading the factless and baseless impeachment of the president? That will ensure what Lyndon Johnson vowed decades ago: that people will vote Democrat “for the next 100 years.” If Europe is about to become an extension of the African Middle East, America is in danger of becoming the Northern South America.

Furthermore, I will act as I would with any president, in or out of my party: I will support policies that I believe are in the best interest of the country and my state, and oppose those that are not. I do not intend to comment on every tweet or fault. But I will speak out against significant statements or actions that are divisive, racist, sexist, anti-immigrant, dishonest or destructive to democratic institutions.

In 2012, Romney supported the legalization of masses of illegal aliens. How is that going to protect America? By accusing Trump of being racist and anti-immigrant, the Democrats and RINOs hope to drive Trump towards legalizing the “Dreamers” and other illegal aliens. Trump has already made overtures to the DACA “children” – the minor children who were brought here by their illegal alien parents. That would be a terrible mistake. It would guarantee Johnson’s prediction. We would become virtually a one-party nation, just as New Jersey and other states have become one-party states with some, or all, one-party counties – Democrat party, that is.

I remain optimistic about our future. In an innovation age, Americans excel. More importantly, noble instincts live in the hearts of Americans. The people of this great land will eschew the politics of anger and fear if they are summoned to the responsibility by leaders in homes, in churches, in schools, in businesses, in government — who raise our sights and respect the dignity of every child of God — the ideal that is the essence of America.

Our future is hardly optimistic if Americans are goaded into this “responsibility” through propagandized diversity and inclusion “programs,” threatened by lawsuits for speaking their minds freely, and criminalizing the right to defend themselves and their property.

There are too many psychology-guided charges of “-isms.” It’s all too easy to regulate speech through these “isms.” If you object to illegal aliens from Central and South America, then you are a racist and a nativist, even though South America is a thoroughly Hispanic continent where one language only is primarily spoken (and only one religion is practiced, albeit a Christian religion that has been targeted by Marxist oppressors).

One huge problem for America is that its white population is decreasing alarmingly. We are nearly at the point where we won’t be able to replace our population. Not only is it not racist to be concerned, it’s foolish. America was not always just to its black population. But that’s nothing to the injustices that the Marxist dictators of South and Central America have inflicted upon their peoples.

Since the Civil War, American has been a relatively peaceful nation. Should we become a Third World nation – and with an influx of such people, we certainly will – we need only look at the history of Central and South America to see our future. Venezuela, for all its previous faults, was once a prosperous nation. Venezuela once looked to America as a model. So, did Mexico.

Now look at them. We are going to become them unless we build a wall, not just to prevent a physical incursion, but a cultural incursion as well, one that began decades ago and has taken hold.

Romney speaks as a Mormon from a largely Republican state (Utah). He won his home state by a large margin against Obama in 2012. One would expect that he would. He took Salt Lake City County, which Trump did not. Utah’s Mexican/Hispanic population has gradually increased since the 1970s as its white population has decreased. Membership in the Mormon Church decreased to 55 percent in 2014, according to the Religious Landscape Study; the next largest group, at 22 percent, was non-religious.

These are people who want Big Government. Big Government is all they’ve ever known. If it’s so great, why are coming here? Big Politicians, Big Bureaucrats, and Big Business all love Big Government. Romney is a Big Government Republican.

Romney paints himself as the bigger, better man. But America isn’t necessarily led by the “Better Man” who backs away from confrontations and conflicts. America is best led by the man who will fight for and protect his country.

Romney is the Bigger Government man.

Trump is the Better Government man because he stands for a limited government. He not only stands for limited government, but demands it

Long live the government shutdown!

Published in: on January 14, 2019 at 2:18 pm  Leave a Comment  

Researchers Claim Trump’s Government Shutdown Hastening Doomsday

Researchers at the British Geological Survey in Edinburgh, told Reuters on Friday that the Earth’s magnetic North Pole has been moving “erratically” at speeds so fast that they must issue an emergency update to maps used by electronic navigation, the U.K. Daily Mail reported today.

The crisis is so serious that researchers around the world are scrambling to update a global model of the fields. Called the World Magnetic Model, it underlies all modern navigation, from the systems that steer ships at sea to Google Maps on Smartphones.

The most recent version of the model came out in 2015, and it was supposed to last until 2020. However, researchers say the magnetic field is changing so rapidly that they have to fix the model urgently. It was due to be updated on Jan. 15, but due to the U.S. Government shutdown, that has already been delayed until Jan. 30.

The Magnetic North Pole is said to be “skittering” away from Canada towards Siberia at a rate of about 50 km per year.

“’It’s moving at about 50 km (30 miles) a year. It didn’t move much between 1900 and 1980 but it’s really accelerated in the past 40 years,’ Ciaran Beggan, of the British Geological Survey in Edinburgh, told Reuters on Friday.”

The magnetic field is in a permanent state of flux. Magnetic north wanders, and every few hundred thousand years, the polarity flips so that a compass would point south instead of north.

“’The error is increasing all the time,’ Arnaud Chulliat, a geomagnetist at the University of Colorado Boulder and the National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration’s (NOAA’s) National Centers for Environmental Information, told Nature magazine.

“’In early 2018, as part of our regular assessment of the WMM, we found that the model exceeded its specification for declination only three years into the five-year WMM cycle,’ he told the American Geophysical Union meeting.

“’We investigated this error and tracked it down to the combined effect of a global geomagnetic acceleration pulse occurring in 2015-2016, and a fast-changing magnetic field in the North polar area.”

So, in addition to Climate Change, we now have Magnetic Pole Change, and if airliners at JFK and LaGuardia miss their landing and crash, say, into Chuck Schumer’s residence, or into the 1964 World’s Fair Globe, it will almost be President Trump’s fault.

According to scientists, the problem lies partly with the moving pole and partly with other shifts deep within the planet.

Liquid churning in the Earth’s core generates most of the magnetic field, which varies over time as the deep flows change.
In 2016, for instance, part of the magnetic field temporarily accelerated deep under northern South America and the eastern Pacific Ocean. Satellites such as the European Space Agency’s Swarm mission tracked the shift.

A map provided by the World Data Center for Geomagnetism at Kyoto University tracks the shift since 1900.

The magnetic shift appears to be evidence of a form of Russian collusion. Robert Mueller, take note.

“A remarkable manifestation of the field variation is the drift of the North magnetic pole towards Russia, which has been occurring…since the beginning of the 21st Century.”

“On the contrary, the South magnetic pole drift is very slow (less than 10 km per year) and has not changed much over the past few decades, and hence provided a much smaller contribution to the overall model declination error.”

To fix the model, he and his colleagues fed it three years’ worth of data, which included a 2016 geomagnetic pulse, and he says the new model, when it is released, should remain accurate until the next regularly scheduled update in 2020.
Satellites such as the European Space Agency’s Swarm mission tracked the shift.

Phil Livermore, a geomagnetist at the University of Leeds, said at the American Geophysical Union meeting ‘the location of the North magnetic pole appears to be governed by two large-scale patches of magnetic field, one beneath Canada and one beneath Siberia.

“’The Siberian patch is winning the competition.’”

So, Trump had better just do something about this particular crisis, the Liberal scientists cry.

They say the realignment simply can’t wait one more year or even one more day! Planes will crash! The GPS gadgets in automobiles will send people off cliffs. People won’t be able to use their Smartphones!

What’s more, here’s proof positive that Trump has been colluding with the Russians. He’s been hiding the fact that the Russians have been speeding the Magnetic North Pole in their direction so they will control the planet. People will die! The stock market will crash! Government workers won’t get their above-the-market, guaranteed civil servant salaries on time. (They will get them. They’ll just get them at a glacial pace, the same glacial pace with which they deliver service to veterans).

If we follow the plot of the film, The Day After Tomorrow (2004), the oceans will rise because of the influx of fresh water into the oceans causing temperatures to plunge (because salt water doesn’t freeze but fresh water does!). Cyclonic storms will cover the Northern Hemisphere and plunge us into a new Ice Age!!

All because Trump implemented a partial government shutdown!

If that’s the case, and a new Ice Age is on the way, then the illegal Mexicans, Central and South Americans should begin returning South of the border post haste before it’s too late! (The film depicted Mexico as the savior of the New World!)

Actually, the idea that Americans would all converge upon Mexico in the event of a geomagnetic crisis should inspire the Mexicans to build the wall even faster than Trump would!

Published in: on January 11, 2019 at 1:38 pm  Leave a Comment  

Walls Work

Walls work.  If they didn’t, people wouldn’t build them.  They work for Israel.  They work for Morocco.  They worked for China, which has the most famous wall in history.  They worked for East Germany, which had the second-most famous wall in history until, at Pres. Ronald Reagan’s call, Germans tore it down.

 

A wall worked for the Roman Hadrian, who was ordered to build a wall across the breadth of England to keep the blue-painted Picts of Scotland out.  The third most-famous wall in history.  Walls work for the middle-class of Mexico City who must wall themselves in to protect them from the human cockroaches that inhabit the giant city.

 

A wall works for Nancy Pelosi, whose splendid, cream-colored Victorian overlooking the city of San Francisco is surrounded by a very high wall, indeed.  A wall, of sorts – a fence actually – worked for the Tilcon Quarry after they destroyed Federal Hill and forgot to warn the town of Bloomingdale that the hill was gone and in its place was a sheer drop of a couple of hundred feet.

 

A wall worked for our family when developers on the hill above built more houses on an insufficient foundation.  During a heavy rainstorm, the hill came down and flooded into our basement.  After we dug out, my mother bought railroad ties and had them installed as a wall on the border of our property.  The other property owner was not happy, but the town supported Mom’s right to build that wall.

 

In fact, they were so impressed by Mom’s engineering skills that they invited her to chair the newly-formed Environmental Committee.

 

A wall will certainly work to keep illegal aliens from flooding our border, bringing with them drugs and crime, and overwhelm our economic social services.  In his address to the other evening, President Trump referred to this problem as a “crisis” and he was right.

 

ChuckandNancy (the spaces have been omitted deliberately) insist that it is a “manufactured crisis.”  They’re right, too.  This crisis was manufactured years ago under then-Senator Ted Kennedy in 1965 with this Chain Migration legislation.

 

On the other hand, Bill Clinton introduced the Illegal Immigration Reform and Immigrant Responsibility Act of 1996.  Supposedly, it increased the number of ICE agents, enlarged the Border Patrol, criminalized numerous types of low-level immigration violations, improved deportation procedures, and even called for building a wall.

 

I can’t find the article but by 1999, I believe Clinton had reduced the number of Border Patrol and ICE agents.  I recall being appalled by this act.  At any rate, whatever immigration reforms Clinton proposed, they didn’t stop waves of illegal aliens from South America from taking up illegal residence here in Northern New Jersey.

 

In response to Democrats refusal to fund the proposed $5 billion dollar wall, President Trump shut down portions of the government.  The Media has been playing the sobbing violin over the poor EPA employees who are no longer drawing a paycheck.

 

The poor little dears.

 

Obama got around the wall by creating the Dreamers Act, allowing illegal aliens who had been brought here as children to remain in the country (along with their parents).  The Democrats are trying to make a deal with Trump to allow the Dreamers to stay.  He’s seems to be leaning towards such a compromise.

 

Big mistake.  With every Marxist Dreamer, whether they’re a drug dealer, your garden-variety car thief, or a Welfare mother, the Democrats add another voter to their list.  As of today, Passaic County has joined Bergen County in being a one-party county.  Soon, New Jersey will become a one-party (read:  Communist) state.

 

ChuckandNancy ridiculed Trump for his “manufactured crisis” claiming that his numbers are exaggerated.  As Trump pointed out, the pain and suffering of the victims of illegal alien murders aren’t exaggerated.  The story of one victim’s fate was positively nauseating.  Was that the story commentators were complaining about?

 

The President stated that it is his job to protect Americans.  His job is to defend against enemies both foreign and domestic.  The Mexican border is the main entry point for heroin, fentanyl and other dangerous drugs into the United States.  Hundreds of people die every day from heroin overdoses.  NARCAN brings them back to life, but doesn’t cure them of the addiction.  Eventually, they go back to doing heroin until they do die.

 

Critics picked apart his skills as a public speaker.  His message lasted about nine and a half minutes.  He said what he had to say and didn’t waste time on any collegial vocabulary.  He cited plenty of hard facts, which is always a good thing when giving a public speech, declared his intention to protect the American people, and build the wall, one made of steel rather than concrete, which would be more difficult to penetrate.

 

Right after his address, ChuckandNancy were given their “fairness” moment.  They were patronizing and arrogant.  Nancy claimed that the illegal aliens could simply build a tunnel under the wall.  Perhaps she thought she was engaging in original thinking.  However, El Chapo had already thought of that.  In his break from the Mexican prison, his compadres tug out a tunnel that included a railway for a faster exit from the jail.

 

The Palestinians also built tunnels under the border of Israel.  The Israelis closed the tunnels.  The Viet Cong built tunnels underneath American troop encampments.  They were only discovered after we were forced to lose the war.  There was nothing new about this strategy.  During World War II, the Japanese built tunnels in the volcano on Iwo Jima, decimating the attacking forces.  In spite of the enormous American losses, and in spite of their tunnels, we took Iwo Jima.

 

We can and should build the wall.  If the president believes steel is better, even it’s more expensive, then so be it.  Trump is a builder, after all.  Anything he builds has got to be better than the flimsy thing that Bill Clinton first ordered built.  If they climb over it, we’ll build it higher.  If they tunnel under it, maybe Trump will bury the foundation deeper so they can’t tunnel through it.

 

Trump is a builder.  He’ll build the wall bigger and better than anyone in the world.  We should ignore naysayer puppets like ChuckandNancy, whose motives in defeating the wall are so political, that they reveal their own hypocrisy since even Chuck at one time voted for (or proposed) building a wall on the border.  We can be sure of one thing:  his wall won’t include convenient footholds for the climbers.

 

Yesterday, he held a meeting at the White House, with ChuckandNancy in attendance.  He asked Nancy if she would support building the wall.  She said, “Absolutely not.”  Trump politely rose from the table and left the meeting.

 

Pundits claim that the American people are suffering from the government shutdown.  It hasn’t affected anyone I know.  The crisis at the border, unlike the climate change crisis, is having real effects on our society.  We see it here in Northern New Jersey every day, not just in the declining quality of life, but in the demise of a truly representative government.

 

In Passaic County, our elected officials only represent illegal aliens and chain immigrants who have overwhelmed the original suburban population, caused our taxes to skyrocket, and made crime an everyday occurrence.  On the police radio, there are stories everyday of someone suffering from a drug overdose.  The drug dealers brazenly pedal the wares with the full knowledge of some of the local police.  Residents are fleeing New Jersey in droves, and Democrats and the Media are cheering.  That was the headline in the local section of today’s Bergen Record:

 

“ONE-PARTY RULE”

 

As though it is good news that should be celebrated.

 

Drugs.  Carjackings.  Home invasions (just yesterday in Bound Brook, N.J.  The homeowner’s son shot the intruder.  The police are “investigating” as the NJ12 anchorette tisked severely).  Drug overdoses.

 

That’s about as real as a crisis can get.  ChuckandNancy are trying to minimize it because they and the media have built a wall obscuring the truth from the American people.  They’re only fooling themselves, though.
We can see the crisis because it’s right in front of us.

 

 

 

 

Published in: on January 10, 2019 at 12:46 pm  Leave a Comment