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704, 2017

Was the Syrian Strike Lawful?

By |April 7th, 2017|Congressional, National|0 Comments

Many will play “Monday-morning-quarterback” when it comes to whether the use of 59 Tomahawk Missiles in the Syrian strike to take out an airfield, was the right thing to do.  Many will listen to the fake news talking heads and let a conclusion be drawn for them.

Is it the right thing to do, to allow someone to brutally murder men, women and children when you have the ability to stop them? How many of you will raise your hand and vote that it’s ok to sit back and watch more die on the nightly news?

We have American military in the area. Whether you are condemning Trump’s decision to wipe out that airfield or not; what would you have said if the next strike had been to drop sarin gas on our people because Trump did nothing? Would your attitude have changed then?

But, the question under consideration; Was this strike Constitutional?

Article 1 Section 8 of the Constitution outlines the powers of Congress, and within those powers, it states:
To declare War, grant Letters of Marque and Reprisal, and make Rules concerning Captures on Land and Water;
Now we have to argue if the surgical strike to take out the ability to deliver chemical weapons a “declaration of war.” If you are Syrian, your answer is likely a quick “yes” but from our standpoint, the question is probably better phrased as; “Do you believe we are now engaged in an active war with Syria?” Where my answer is “no” and I believe most would feel that way, it is strictly an opinion-type answer.

Letters of Marque isn’t a term that most are likely familiar with but it is basically farming out military action on our behalf whether it is another […]

2203, 2017

Intelligence: Russian Interference with Elections

By |March 22nd, 2017|National, Politics|Comments Off on Intelligence: Russian Interference with Elections

The Top 7 Things You Should Know Regarding US Intelligence Findings
This has been largely ignored by the Main SCREAM Media, but the Director of National Intelligence release a report on January 6, 2017, regarding combined findings of FBI, CIA, and NSA, in regards to Russian interference in United States Elections. You can read the full report here, but here are the top 7 issues which should be reported upon with direct quotes from the report:

1. Russia meddling in our elections is nothing new. They have been doing it dating back to the U.S.S.R.
“Russia, like its Soviet predecessor, has a history of conducting covert influence campaigns focused on US presidential elections that have used intelligence officers and agents and press placements to disparage candidates perceived as hostile to the Kremlin.”

“During the Cold War, the Soviet Union used intelligence officers, influence agents, forgeries, and press placements to disparage candidates perceived as hostile to the Kremlin, according to a former KGB archivist.”

“Since the Cold War, Russian intelligence efforts related to US elections have primarily focused on foreign intelligence collection. For decades, Russian and Soviet intelligence services have sought to collect insider information from US political parties that could help Russian leaders understand a new US administration’s plans and priorities.”

“In the 1970s, the KGB recruited a Democratic Party activist who reported information about then-presidential hopeful Jimmy Carter’s campaign and foreign policy plans, according to a former KGB archivist.”
2. Russia was the source of information for WikiLeaks:
“We assess with high confidence that Russian military intelligence (General Staff Main Intelligence Directorate or GRU) used the Guccifer 2.0 persona and DCLeaks.com to release US victim data obtained in cyber operations publicly and in exclusives to media outlets and relayed material to WikiLeaks.”
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902, 2017

Judicial Coup d’état by 9th Circuit

By |February 9th, 2017|Judicial, National|1 Comment

The rights of State Universities (to not be inconvenienced) outweighed the rights of US Citizens to be protected from terrorists.
The 9th Circuit Court usurps its Constitutional authority, effectively taking over national security in their ruling to uphold the lower court’s suspension of a travel ban from seven dangerous countries. The three-judge panel (Judges Richard R. Clifton, William Canby and Michelle T. Friedland ) has effectively given a green light for terrorists to pour across our borders. This court is playing with American lives and any blood that follows will be on their hands.

Not only has the 9th Circuit overridden the Executive Office, they have effectively overridden Congress as well. Congress adopted a provision in 1952 saying the President “may by proclamation and for such period as he shall deem necessary, suspend the entry of all aliens and any class of aliens as immigrants or non-immigrants” whenever he thinks it “would be detrimental to the interests of the United States.”

The courts are clearly out-of-control and we no longer have three equal branches of government with this being the latest of many out-of-bound decisions by the courts. Americans have truly become subjects of those who wear robes.

The seven nations identified in President Donald Trump’s travel ban were also “identified by the Obama administration as the seven most dangerous countries in the world in regard to harboring terrorists,”  as previously stated White House Chief of Staff Reince Priebus.

The seven countries included in the Executive Order which implemented the temporary ban are:
Syria
Iraq
Iran
Sudan
Libya
Yemen
Somalia
Considering there are 50 Muslim countries in the world, the continuous claims of Main Stream Media (MSM) that this is a ban on Muslims, is blatantly dishonest (#FakeNews).

The full 9th Circuit Court brief can be read by clicking […]

902, 2017

Melania Announces Appointment of White House Social Secretary

By |February 9th, 2017|First 100 Days, National|Comments Off on Melania Announces Appointment of White House Social Secretary

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First Lady Melania Trump Announces the Appointment of Anna Christina Niceta Lloyd as White House Social Secretary

First Lady Melania Trump is pleased to announce the appointment of Anna Cristina Niceta Lloyd as the White House Social Secretary.  As the White House Social Secretary, Ms. Niceta Lloyd – known as Rickie – along with the First Lady, will be responsible for the planning and execution of events that take place at the White House.  She will oversee all social events and gatherings, from Official State Dinners, White House social calendar events, official policy-related events, to the First Lady’s initiatives.

“Rickie brings with her over twenty-two years of solid diplomatic, political and social entertaining experience,” said First Lady Melania Trump. “I am looking forward to sharing my ideas and traditions of entertaining and social hospitality to America’s house, my new home as well. That, along with Rickie’s vast experience, I am even more excited.”

Ms. Niceta Lloyd’s gracious entertaining style perfectly aligns with that of the First Lady.  She worked with both Democratic and Republican JCCIC leadership in planning the last five Inaugurations.  During her time at Design Cuisine she assisted the State Department’s Office of Protocol in executing numerous State Luncheons, Summits and Conferences under Secretaries Albright, Powell, Rice, Clinton and Kerry.  Her extensive experience includes events for the NRCC, DCCC, DNC, RNC, Speaker of the House and Secretary of the Senate.  Most recently she executed events during President Trump’s 58th Presidential Inaugural Committee celebrations.

Ms. Niceta Lloyd is married to Thomas Lloyd, grandson of the late Bunny Mellon, wife of Paul Mellon, friend and mentor to Jacqueline Kennedy.

Mrs. Mellon was instrumental in designing the White House Rose Garden with First Lady Mrs. Kennedy.  Ms. Niceta Lloyd’s formidable precision and elegance was greatly influenced by Mrs. Mellon.  Ms. Niceta Lloyd, along with her husband and two children live in Chevy Chase, […]

702, 2017

A Vote for America’s Future

By |February 7th, 2017|Education, National|Comments Off on A Vote for America’s Future

Image Credit: White House

From Vice President Mike Pence:

Friends,

Today, I cast the tie-breaking vote in the Senate to confirm President Donald Trump’s nominee for Secretary of Education: Betsy DeVos.

The vote the President asked me to cast wasn’t just for Betsy – it was also for America’s future.

Our nation’s success depends on the education of our students. In Betsy DeVos, we have one of America’s foremost advocates for educational opportunity and excellence.

For nearly three decades she has devoted her time, her talent, and her treasure to ensure that every child in America has the best shot at a better life. Countless students have benefitted from her efforts to promote an educational marketplace defined by innovation, opportunity, and real, meaningful choice.

The President and I agree that our children’s futures should not be determined by their zip code. Students should not be trapped in a system that puts the status quo ahead of a child’s success.

Betsy DeVos will have great impact as Secretary of Education. It doesn’t matter whether it’s a public school, a private school, a parochial school, a charter school, or any other kind of school – she will help ensure that every student has access to a good school.

We are grateful to Senate Majority Leader McConnell and all the Republican Senators who stood with us on this important vote.

The President is fully committed to this mission. Today’s vote was the first of its kind in our nation’s history, but the real history will be made through our unwavering dedication to America’s children – and to America’s future.

Thank you for all your help and support.

Sincerely,

Michael R. Pence
Vice President of the United States

1101, 2017

Rubio Bombs Rex Tillerson’s Confirmation Hearing

By |January 11th, 2017|National, Politics|Comments Off on Rubio Bombs Rex Tillerson’s Confirmation Hearing

Much of the confirmation hearing for US Secretary of State (chaired by Senator Corker) proceeded in a manner most would expect; as a mixture of serious and relevant questions combined with politically crafted questions to place Tillerson (or anyone else) in a “no win” situation.

The worst offender of the morning was Senator Marco Rubio. He was belligerent and unyielding in pushing an absurd line of questioning.

In regards to Russian hacking and influencing our elections, Rubio asked, “Based on your knowledge of Russian leaders and Russians politics, do you believe these activities could have happened without the knowledge and consent of Vladimir Putin?”

Tillerson didn’t want to speculate but Rubio pushed it.

Rubio then wanted an answer on the mandatory imposing of sanctions on a nation conducting cyber-attacks against the US.  Tillerson didn’t want “mandatory” and made it very clear that what Rubio is proposing doesn’t take multiple factors into consideration. Rubio then attempted to put words in Tillerson’s mouth, rudely implying that Tillerson and Trump wanted the latitude to play favorites.

The scenario Rubio was painting would be similar to stating; “We should impose a mandatory 10-year jail sentence on everyone who steals.” Not taking into account the difference between a child taking a piece of candy or an adult stealing a car and/or if anyone was physically harmed during the course of the crime. It was an unimaginably immature line of questioning to be coming from a US Senator.

Marco Rubio then pushed to have Tillerson label Putin as a “war criminal.” For Rubio to think it is appropriate to force someone (anyone) in a position to be Secretary of State to make public statements labeling world leaders as “war criminals” before they even assume their position is […]

2608, 2016

Paving the Road to Hell… #NeverTrump

By |August 26th, 2016|National, Politics, Presidential|Comments Off on Paving the Road to Hell… #NeverTrump

“The road to Hell is paved with
good intentions.” ~Unknown
It has been more than 13 months (07/21/2015) since I wrote about the Donald Trump Phenomenon where I referred to Trump as the Republican Party’s Frankenstein. (Not likening Trump personally to Frankenstein – merely pointing out the success of his campaign was an abomination of Republican actions, or lack thereof.)

Just when all those wannabe candidates were just getting into the race to be the GOP’s nominee last summer, I laid out the case for Trump. But, was I actually a Trump supporter? Nope, I actually voted for Dr. Ben Carson.

Did I believe Carson was going to be the nominee? Nope, never actually thought he’d make it but he was my choice.  My analysis of Trump’s campaign was void of emotion, as it didn’t (and shouldn’t have) matter who I desired to win if I was to make an honest assessment. The Primary Election process was the window of opportunity for those on our side to disagree and get behind whoever they wanted for whatever reason.  That window is now closed and it would be just plain silly for me to be so angry/upset/etc that I couldn’t let go of a candidate that didn’t make it.

As we move toward the General Election in November, of the two choices: #NeverTrump or #NeverHillary – I just don’t understand how that can be a difficult decision. But, there are many who claim to be Republican or Conservative who have joined the left in the #NeverTrump mantra citing they cannot vote for Trump on “principle.” Seriously?

The Supreme Court of the United States (SCOTUS) has been so closely divided on many conservative (Christian) issues. We’ve lost some (gay marriage) while barely winning most […]

1108, 2016

YouTube Labels Trump Video Inappropriate

By |August 11th, 2016|Culture, National, Politics, Presidential|Comments Off on YouTube Labels Trump Video Inappropriate

It is mind-boggling how much YouTube has become part of our society.  Last year, I read somewhere that Google was the number one search engine (no surprise) but the number two search engine was YouTube – a website which was designed for videos, not to compete with Yahoo, Bing, or Google had risen to be the second most-used search engine on the internet. That’s pretty incredible.

There’s not much you can’t find on YouTube, from old full-length television shows to thousands of home-made DIY instructional videos. Forget about the radio, you can play non-stop music videos on YouTube.

There’s also simply no shortage of stuff that’s not useful; stupid videos, crude videos, and nearly any level of material that someone could find inappropriate.  Of all the videos I’ve ever watched on YouTube, the first time I ever saw the following screen was when I attempted to watch a Donald Trump video called the Vicious Snake.

The video has been out for several months and has nearly 5 million views (at the time of this writing). The content of the video is largely Donald Trump reading an old poem while playing mainstream media news clips.

So what’s offensive about the content that it has to be marked “inappropriate”?

Is it offensive because it’s Donald Trump reading the poem?

Is the poem supposed to be offensive to people who like snakes?

Or… could it be that the subject matter in the news clips is; destructive muslim refugees?

Perhaps, if snakes could possibly be offended, then they could be offended by the comparison of themselves to muslims? But, snakes don’t watch YouTube silly, so that can’t be it.

Video embedded below bypasses the content warning – click here to view directly on YouTube.

1103, 2016

PNN LIVE: Nancy Reagan Memorial Service

By |March 11th, 2016|National|Comments Off on PNN LIVE: Nancy Reagan Memorial Service

The live stream is over – but you can replay if you like – the first hour basically shows everyone filing in.

Streaming Live Pacific Time: 10:30 a.m. until 1:00 p.m.

Video courtesy of FOX

The program includes:
– Battle Hymn of the Republic, sung by the Santa Susana High School Choir
– Reading of Proverbs 31:10-31 by Ms. Anne Peterson
– Letter from Ronald Reagan to Nancy Reagan, read by the Right Honourable Brian Mulroney
– Ave Maria, sung by Opera singer Ms. Ana Marie Martinez
– Reading of 1 Thessalonians 4:13-18, read by Mr. Barton Hegeler
– Gospel Reading of John 14:1-6 by Ms. Diane Sawyer
– Pie Jesu-Requiem, sung by Opera singer Ms. Ana Marie Martinez
– Reflections by the Honorable James A. Baker
– Reflections by Mr. Tom Brokaw
– Reflections by Ms. Patti Davis
– Reflections by Ronald Prescott Reagan
– Amazing Grace, sung by the Santa Susana High School Choir
– Recessional with bagpipe played by Piper Major Bill Boetticher
– God Bless America

In lieu of flowers, Mrs. Reagan requested that contributions be made to the Ronald Reagan
Presidential Library and Foundation at http://bit.ly/1TADsn0

For more information on the ongoing works of President Reagan’s Foundation, please visit http://www.reaganfoundation.org

2702, 2016

Supreme Court Appointments

By |February 27th, 2016|Judicial, National|1 Comment

Vice President Joe Biden making the case for NOT
appointing a judge to the Supreme Court in an election year.

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Biden Opposes Filling SCOTUS OpeningPosted by Tim Scott on Thursday, February 25, 2016

 

So many people are clamoring for the Republican controlled senate to “do their job” and let Obama make an appointment to the Supreme Court of the United States (SCOTUS). There are others telling the senate to block at all costs because they want us to hold out for a Republican president and they are all wrong.

On Facebook, US Senator Tim Scott stated in regards to the clip above, “Remember when then-Senator Joe Biden opposed filling a Supreme Court vacancy in an election year? The ideological balance of the Court is essential to the future of our nation. This November, the American people should decide who will choose the next Supreme Court justice.”

I like the good Senator from Charleston, and where he is making a good statement, it is not an argument for holding up a nominee.

There are those who make the argument that the Democrats blocked President George Bush’s nominees 18 months before his term was up so we (as Republicans) should do the same to Obama. Again, that is not the argument.

Some want to cite the last time an election year vacancy occurred and an appointment was confirmed (Herbert Hoover’s nomination of Cardozo in 1932). Again, not a valid argument to be made. Fact is, there haven’t been any election year vacancies since them.  Now there have been some vacancies prior to election years which were not confirmed until during the election year, but still no argument to be found in pointing this out.

One of the worst arguments was seen on Facebook by […]