31 Presidential National Emergency Declarations Still In Effect

According to the Federal Register, 58 national emergencies have been declared since the National Emergency Act of 1976 was signed into law by President Gerald Ford.

And 31 have been annually renewed and are currently still in effect, as listed in the Federal Register.  And 18 of those – 58% of the total – were enacted by Democrat Presidents,  Take THAT, Nancy Pelosi.

Here’s a list of the presidents who declared still ongoing national emergencies.

PRESIDENT JIMMY CARTER

Nov 14, 1979:
The National Emergency With Respect to Iran, in response to the Iran hostage crisis.

 

PRESIDENT BILL CLINTON

Nov 14, 1994:
The National Emergency With Respect to the Proliferation of Weapons of Mass Destruction, that combined two previous national emergencies focused on weapons of mass destruction.

Jan. 2, 1995:
The National Emergency With Respect to Prohibiting Transactions with Terrorists Who Threaten to Disrupt the Middle East Peace Process placed economic sanctions in response to the Jerusalem bombing.

March 15, 1995:
The National Emergency With Respect to Prohibiting Certain Transactions with Respect to the Development of Iranian Petroleum Resources was an effort to prevent potential deals between oil companies.

October 21, 1995:
The National Emergency With Respect to Blocking Assets and Prohibiting Transactions with Significant Narcotics Traffickers Centered in Colombia was declared after increased reports of drug cartels laundering money through American companies.

March 1, 1996:
The National Emergency With Respect to Regulations of the Anchorage and Movement of Vessels with Respect to Cuba was after civilian planes were shot down near Cuba

November 3, 1997:
The National Emergency With Respect to Blocking Sudanese Government Property and Prohibiting Transactions with Sudan implemented economic and trade sanctions.

PRESIDENT GEORGE W. BUSH

June 26, 2001:
The National Emergency With Respect to Blocking Property of Persons Who Threaten International Stabilization Efforts in the Western Balkans imposed sanctions on those aiding Albanian insurgents in Macedonia

Aug 17, 2001:
The National Emergency With Respect to Export Control Regulations renewed presidential power to control exports in a national emergency since the Export Administration Act of 1979 lapsed.

Sept 14, 2001: The National Emergency with Respect to Certain
Terrorist Attacks was in response to the terrorist attacks of 9/11 and the continuing and immediate threat of further attacks on the United States.

Sept 23, 2001:
The National Emergency With Respect to Persons Who Commit, Threaten to Commit, or Support Terrorism was in response to the terrorist attacks of 9/11.

March 6, 2003:
The National Emergency With Respect to Blocking Property of Persons Undermining Democratic Processes or Institutions in Zimbabwe was an effort to punish associates of Robert Mugabe.

May 22, 2003:
The National Emergency With Respect to Protecting the Development Fund for Iraq and Certain Other Property in Which Iraq has an Interest was issued following the U.S. invasion of Iraq.

May 11, 2004:
The National Emergency With Respect to Blocking Property of Certain Persons and Prohibiting the Export of Certain Goods to Syria was in response to Syria supporting terrorist activity in Iraq.

June 16, 2006:
The National Emergency With Respect to Blocking Property of Certain Persons Undermining Democratic Processes or Institutions in Belarus was in response to charges of fraud in the Belarus presidential election.

Oct 27, 2006:
The National Emergency With Respect to Blocking Property of Certain Persons Contributing to the Conflict in the Democratic Republic of the Congo was in response to violence around the Congolese presidential election runoff.

Aug 1, 2007:
The National Emergency With Respect to Blocking Property of Persons Undermining the Sovereignty of Lebanon was in response to a breakdown of the rule of law in Lebanon.

June 26, 2008:
The National Emergency With Respect to Continuing Certain Restrictions with Respect to North Korea cited the risk of proliferation of weapons-usable fissile material. President Trump renewed this June 22, 2018 citing the “existence and risk of proliferation of weapons-usable fissile material on the Korean Peninsula and the actions and policies of the Government of North Korea continue to pose an unusual and extraordinary threat.”

PRESIDENT BARACK OBAMA

April 12, 2010:
The National Emergency With Respect to Blocking Property of Certain Persons Contributing to the Conflict in Somalia was in respect to threats posed by Somali pirates.

February 25, 2011:
The National Emergency With Respect to Blocking Property and Prohibiting Certain Transactions Related to Libya froze the assets of Libyan leader Muammar Gaddafi.

July 25, 2011:
The National Emergency With Respect to Blocking Property of Transnational Criminals was in response to the rise in crime by specific organizations: Los Zetas (Mexico), The Brothers’ Circle (former Soviet Union countries), the Yakuza (Japan), and the Camorra (Italy).

May 16, 2012:
The National Emergency With Respect to Blocking Property of Persons Threatening the Peace, Security, or Stability of Yemen addressed political unrest within the Yemen government.

March 16, 2014:
The National Emergency With Respect to Blocking Property of Certain Persons Contributing to the Situation in Ukraine was in response to the Russian invasion of Crimea.

April 3, 2014:
The National Emergency With Respect to Blocking Property of Certain Persons With Respect to South Sudan was in response to the ongoing civil war.

May 12, 2014:
The National Emergency With Respect to Blocking Property of Certain Persons Contributing to the Conflict in the Central African Republic was in response to violence towards humanitarian aid workers.

March 8, 2015:
The National Emergency With Respect to Blocking Property and Suspending Entry of Certain Persons Contributing to the Situation in Venezuela was in response to human rights violations.

April 1, 2015:
The National Emergency With Respect to Blocking the Property of Certain Persons Engaging in Significant Malicious Cyber-Enabled Activities was in response to Chinese cyber attacks on the U.S.

Nov 23, 2015:
The National Emergency With Respect to Blocking Property of Certain Persons Contributing to the Situation in Burundi was declared after a failed coup.

PRESIDENT DONALD J. TRUMP

Dec 20, 2017:
The National Emergency With Respect to Blocking the Property of Persons Involved in Serious Human Rights Abuse or Corruption imposed sanctions on the Myanmar general for his role persecuting Rohingya Muslims.

Sept 12, 2018:
The National Emergency With Respect to Imposing Certain Sanctions in the Event of Foreign Interference in a United States Election attempted to prevent any meddling with the 2018 midterm elections amid the ongoing investigation into Russian interference in the 2016 presidential election.

Nov 27, 2018:
The National Emergency With Respect to Blocking Property of Certain Persons Contributing to the Situation in Nicaragua was declared by President Trump in response to violence and the Ortega regime’s “systematic dismantling and undermining of democratic institutions and the rule of law” that constitutes an “unusual and extraordinary threat to the national security and foreign policy of the United States.”

 

 


By Shawn Jorgensen,  Founding Editor
Calling Out Community
Posted: February 16, 2019
[God’s Got A Plan For You!

I’d Never Want To Be US President…Even If I Could

I cannot imagine today a more thankless job than President of the United States of America. 

While I do appreciate all of the kind words and comments of encouragement for me to seek the highest office in the land (and there have been exactly ZERO of those so far), I feel I simply must decline the opportunity (though such a chance does not exist, as I was born and live currently in Canada).  And I wanted to share with the millions of you out there reading this (well, there might be 50 if I’m lucky) why I cannot be your President (hypothetically, as again, it’s not actually possible).

Dear reader – hold your tears, your shouts of disappointment and your calls to reconsider, until I have finished explaining why.  It just might encourage those in the United States who can fix such things to begin making repairs to the US political system, so that highly-qualified people like myself (which is probably categorically untrue) would consider applying for the job – rather than the same tired old raging pinheads that often find this type of role exciting and meaningful …to them.  And they are tired and old – they’ve been running on this hamster wheel far past their expiration dates. Which is why they always have such dead eyes.


I get it, you’re disappointed that I don’t want to become a future President – or Prime Minister somewhere – if that opportunity also came up somewhere.

But take no offense to my words, unless of course I meant to offend, and in that case, I’ll point it out to you, so that you may be properly triggered as you see fit.  I want to be an equal opportunity irritant.  And “Being An Irritant” is in fact my established goal for this piece.  Thank you for therefore for being triggered as you see fit, if you felt so inclined at some point.

I take it as a high compliment indeed.  But no need to tell me about it in the comments – just know that I would be delighted to hear of it if you did tell me… and if I cared to read about it.  Did that sound insensitive?  Oh yes, I should mention – I can be a bit insensitive.  Though if you did know me at all, by now you’d also know that this blog isn’t a safe space for liberals, the triggered, social justice warriors, whiners, Antifa, Black Lives Matter, or other vaious snowflakes in all their shapes, sizes, colors and genders.  So you read it at your own discretion.

Coming back to my main point – there is not a chance in Heaven or Earth that I would want to be the president of United States of America, even if it was given to me by accident or I inherited it without having to campaign for three minutes.  Because that is literally about my limit of interest in trying for same position.

Oh I know some people would say: yeah right! As if you would give up something like living in the White House, and all of the trappings of the presidency – the limousine, Air Force One, all the opportunities to meet famous people that you would have, getting to travel all over the world and speak to huge crowds everywhere you go. Being adored by at least 50% of the population that elected you (unless your “approval rating” fell below 50%).

And I could never have a job that had an approval rating that was determined by some very unstable people at times out there.  Nor would I want to have to apply for my job and have 110 million people or so deciding on whether I get the job.  And then having to reapply for it again in less than 4 years – paying up to a $1 billion to run for a job that I would make about $400,000 a year doing.  Return on Investment (ROI) seems a bit off there.

Having the power to make a real difference in your country – your words having the ability to actually help heal people, give people jobs, give people hope, inspire future generations, protect them against the threats of natural and man-made disasters, and defend them in a time of war against hostile enemies.  Now that would be cool.  But the President of the United States rarely gets to do any of that stuff, except in the movies, before we go to kick butt with some alien invasion force.

True, your words would muster and command a combined armed forces with;

  • The nuclear launch codes that control over 6,800 nuclear missiles strategically placed around the world
  • Control over the operation of 800 military bases in 79 countries around the world including the United States itself, of course, which would be staffed by:
    • 170,000 soldiers on active duty in 150 countries around the world, with another 40,000 on classified missions that no one has ever publically heard about in undisclosed locations
    • 384,544 soldiers/officers in the Army
    • 273,192 sailors/officer in the Navy
    • 146,638 Marines
    • 255,181 Air Force personnel
    • 36,900 Coast Guard officers
  • And all that amazing equipment, like those on the sea:
    • 20 active aircraft carriers, including the brand new USD Gerald R Ford, commissioned in July 2017, and the George HW Bush, at about $5 billion each.  Getting your name on something like THAT would be pretty cool, as just seeing it approach on the horizon would most likely cause your enemies to wet themselves with fear – and I’ve always thought that kind of power to be rather addicting, should one possess it.
    • 10 frigates
    • 65 destroyers
    • 66 submarines
  • Over 4,000 Abrams tanks parked in the desert, excess from current needs. (Credit: WN.com )

    Those on land, including:

    • 9,000 tanks, including 4,000 brand-new M1 Abrams tanks sitting in the Nevada desert that are entirely unnecessary excess, as a result of having one factory that makes them, and they don’t want to ever shut it down, for national security reasons.
    • 38,822 armored personnel vehicles
    • 950 self-propelled artillery
    • 795 towed artillery
    • 1197 rocket launchers
    • 2,830 attack jets
    • 1,962 fighter/a
    • 973 attack helicoptersAnd in the not-so-friendly skies above, like:

Having that kind of firepower around would certainly make one’s job easier as President, but it’s a lot of pressure to pay those kind of bills for gas, groceries and guys!  Ok there are girls too…

It’s a thankless job to have to be leader of the Free World. Because the world is not Free, it has cost an awful lot in dollars, blood and time to build it over the centuries.  And the problems a President faces – a $20 trillion debt?  I have had moments worrying about paying my $300 Mastercard bill at times.  That’s just beyond ridiculous to know that you will start the PResidency buried in debt, and just keep adding to it until the end of your term – because America just can’t pay its bills.  And some day a President is going to have to deal with THAT too, or countries like China, that hold about $7 trillion in US debt, will deal with it for America.

And Americans are often sick without health care, go through natural disasters without insurance, are often send to war without adequate troops and resources, and usually are n the sights of some terrorist who hates America.  Because it’s cool to hate America today, it seems.  Who wants to be leader of a country that no one likes?  That makes international meetings like the United Nations feel like being on the school yard as a kid, and never getting picked to play sports, though you are the gargantuan kid in class who grew 2 feet faster than anyone else.

 

And you’d be President over a lot of people that you frankly find a hard time stomaching.  The hatred in these Divided States of America is quite shocking.  And no, I’m not talking about your standard Right-wing hatred, which the media seems to be completely stuck on, though it’s frankly not a “thing” as much as they want it to be.  Though the Right does hate the MEDIA, so I guess there’s some truth to it.

It’s the Left that’s vandalizing Bank of America branches and smashing windows, then looting Starbucks.  it’s Black Lives Matter that’s burning cities down – that they later realize they actually LIVE IN as well.  Being President over stupid people, no matter what their politics, is really a downer.

Now add to that a crowd of 20,000 people in a stadium, and the president comes out to a sea of people all around him, the lone object on a stage and often with light dimmed through the building, while spotlighting him at the same time.

“The President? No…we work for the guys who tells the President what to do.”

My goodness, it’s like the Secret Service is trying to make such an attack as easy as possible. Certainly they must realize that they cannot protect him completely – and that when he is potentially involved in a shooting, for example, that jumping on him doesn’t stop an attack be or protect him from all of those people. It just hurts to be hit where you were hit. LOL

There is no way that they would even be able to see an event like that unfold before. That just screams “assassination” to me.

The fact that so many would want to even attempt to kill him and also have this open freedom to express their opinion about it online, Giving some other less stable individual ideas they shouldn’t normally have, is frightening. And in most cases the people that killed a president didn’t even pay for the crime in jail – they were killed themselves or something else before that happened. So there really isn’t much of her justice for the murder of a President.

People rarely contact you at your office when your President because they like you. It’s usually to express sorrow to you on behalf of their government, which means you’re already dealing with some hardship that you don’t really want to hear about from anybody else.

Or some president or prime minister who has the balls to complain to you about the things that they don’t agree with you on from other governments – People that you often or even financially supporting through for federal aid of some kind and yet went to chips fall they’re nowhere near to help you when you need it

US presidents have fans too, I guess but most of the people that gather outside of the stadium or five meeting that you’re attending aren’t there because they like you. Often, those people wouldn’t be that motivated – it’s because they actually literally hate you.  I consider myself to be fairly able to handle criticism, but to never be able to read in the newspaper or watch TV or go online without without seeing some negative story about you online or in print or on video would suck the life out of me

Then there’s family – I’m a be mentally or emotionally or physically ready to be president and go through all the scrutiny and all the unfair criticism and all the negative press and all the lies and Tristan up the words – I need to prepare for that emotionally, physically or mentally – but not all of your friends or family members have signed up for that.

Then there is your image before you became president. People want to vote for you for reason and usually it’s because you’re a good communicator and you say things that they resonate with. My problem is that I have a very active Twitter account with over 34,500 tweets, read by my 7000+ followers and over 8,000,000+ some other people total over four years. Some of those are highly controversial, to be sure,  And they were meant to be. I am proud of my belief system because I feel I’m on the right side of history and it took me years to get there. I wouldn’t be editing any of that just so I don’t trigger someone in Iowa.

But in order to be president, you have to have such a sanitized belief system and all, that you no longer are who they knew in the first place. Or if they’ve just met you for the first time, they think you are something that you absolutely don’t agree with under the tables. But suddenly you believe in gun-control because you want to New Hampshire female vote, or you suddenly feel led to support the tobacco industry because you want those South Carolina suburban/rural votes – and you may not even dress the way that you feel like dressing. I’m in shorts and T-shirts guy, jeans at best, and I just can’t see myself wearing a suit in every single situation publicly. If I present United States why can’t they wear whatever the hell I want – which accounts. Because you really aren’t the most powerful person in the world. The voter in that swing state that you’re trying to impress is. And they could just be the scariest redneck weirdo you’ve ever seen in your life in real life.

So I just wouldn’t fit the norm. It would suck the life out of me.

So in conclusion, I just wouldn’t want to be President. I’m sorry that this may disappoint some of you, though of course I’m Canadian so I couldn’t be if I wanted to. That didn’t stop a particular Kenyan before, but I digress. America – make it easier for a person to want to be President. It’s the highest office and should be a difficult job to compete for and win – but are we actually seeing the only people in America who are qualified for the job, actually getting the job?  Ummm, no

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By  Shawn Jorgensen, Founding Editor
Calling Out Community
Posted: November 25, 2018
[God’s Got A Plan For You!]

RIP: Dr. Charles Krauthammer

Three hours ago, the heartbreaking news broke on the Fox News, Newsmax, and the Washington Post – followed by all of the other mainstream media outlets. One of the greatest giants of conservative politics, and a journalistic genius, had passed away. 

Dr. Charles Krauthammer, 68, has been an inspiration to millions of conservatives for decades including myself.  His life story is just one run-on sentence of tenacity, bravery, patriotism and common sense values that has made him a trusted journalist, and one of my greatest heroes.  Fox News called him tonight “a longtime Fox News contributor, Pulitzer Prize winner, Harvard-trained psychiatrist and best-selling author who came to be known as the dean of conservative commentators”.

I would add “and my hero” to that list of accolades.  I mourn his death tonight, and I feel a sense of loss already that his wisdom will no longer be available for people like myself to learn from. 

And I’m thankful for his life.  And what a life it was.


The venerable Charles Krauthammer, a regular contributor on Fox News. (Credit: Fox News) He was a regular panelist on the Fox News’ Bret Baier newscast,  We all watched with concern in the last year as we saw him periodically struggle with breath, gulping for air as he looked more and more uncomfortable in his wheelchair, physically slowing down a bit over time.

But Dr. Charles Krauthammer’s mind was always racing at 100 miles an hour, and when he opened his mouth, I’m so thankful that it was one body part that never failed him.  And it changed the world.

Irving Charles Krauthammer was born in Manhattan on March 13, 1950, and at 5 settled in Montreal with his father and mother, Jewish refugees from Europe. In Canada, his dad prospered as a real estate executive. Charles, the younger of two sons, graduated first in his class at Montreal’s McGill University in 1970 with a degree in political science and economics. He then spent a year studying political theory at the University of Oxford.

Ironically, he quickly got very tired and disillusioned with politics of student revolution on campus, so he abruptly switched course to pursue medicine. That discipline, he later wrote, “promised not only moral certainty, but intellectual certainty, a hardness to truth, something not to be found in the universe of politics.

It would also be a decision that would change his life forever, in ways he hadn’t planned.

A young, athletic Charles Krauthammer, just months before his tragic accident would leave him paralyzed. (Credit: Fox News) As a first-year medical student at Harvard Medical School, he went swimming one afternoon in a local Boston pool on Summer break. Having completed two dives, he took a third into the pool – but this time, for reasons unknown, he hit his head on the bottom of the pool.  He had been studying neurology that week and said he “knew exactly what happened the second it happened.”

He felt nothing as his spine was severed, imprisoning him in an non-functional lower body, in a wheelchair, for the remainder of his life – though ironically, also developed in him the strongest of backbones when writing and speaking about the issues of the day.

He was visited one day in the hospital by one of the dean’s in the medical program, who said they were happy to offer him an absence from the program as needed. Krauthammer told the dean that if he left now, he’d never come back, and received permission from the program to study in his hospital room for the next 14 months during his recovery, taking all of his exams orally, as he hadn’t yet learned how to write again.  He would later regain the use of his arms, which assisted tremendously with his writing.

Krauthammer, the Pulitzer-winning powerhouse at the Washington Post. (Credit: Getty Images)He never wavered, never stumbled, never led anyone astray.  I often waited for him to appear on Fox News in order to know what to really make of things going on in the news of the day, and I had so many “ah ha” moments with him – I now consider him to be one of my mentors.  His journalism was never tainted, like Bill O’Reilly, Glenn Beck, Rush Limbaugh, Laura Ingraham and others, with personal issues or failures that leaked into his professional life.  And we admired him for staying above the fray.  Married for 42 years and a loving grandfather, he was the epitome of conservative values, both on the page and off-book / off the record.

“History is shaped by its battle of ideas, and I wanted to be in the arena, not because I want to fight, but because some things need to be said. And some things need to be defended.”Dr. Charles Krauthammer

After a brief and slightly strange stint as a speechwriter for Vice President Walter Mondale, he joined the staff of the New Republic in 1981, writing opposition pieces for the liberal magazine which advocated a stronger military budget and anti-Soviet stance, and support for Reagan’s Nicaraguan Contras efforts.

He received a National Magazine Award in 1984 and joined The Washington Post the next year. His books included two essay collections, “Cutting Edges: Making Sense of the Eighties” (1985) and “Things That Matter: Three Decades of Passions, Pastimes and Politics” (2013) – the latter of which instantly became a New York Times bestseller, remaining in the number one slot for 10 weeks, and on the coveted list for nearly 40.

Dr. Krauthammer won the Pulitzer Prize for Commentary in 1987 for his work for the Washington Post.  Working for liberal newspapers most of his career sharpened him, I believe, to become the bulwark of conservative thought that he became over time.  He also  spent decades as a panelist on the syndicated public affairs talk show “Inside Washington.”

Jacob Weisberg on Wall Street in 2012. (Credit: Grace Villamil)The Left had a hard time with him as they couldn’t help respecting him.  A former leftist columnist at the New Republic, Jacob Weisberg, said that during his time at their magazine:

 “Politically, Charles made a right turn that most others at the magazine didn’t follow. But I think his old colleagues not only liked him a great deal personally but admired him as a principled conservative — today an endangered species. After Charles, it takes another big step toward extinction.”

On June 8, 2018, in a statement broadcast around the world through Fox News, Dr. Krauthammer announced that he had undergone surgery in August 2017 to remove a cancerous tumor in his abdomen. While thought to be successful, he said there were complications that he was overcoming. However, he wrote recent tests revealed the cancer has returned and is “spreading rapidly.”  He was off the air on Fox News for the past 10 months, during this attempt to recover.

He was never to return to the network again.

Rest in Peace, to a great warrior of conservative principles, a trusted advisor to millions, and a true hero that believed in something important, and never changed his mind again.  We are changed because of it.

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By  Shawn Jorgensen, Founder
Calling Out Community
Posted: June 21, 2018
[God’s Got A Plan For You!]

Canada’s Reputation Nose Dive

In 2017, just three days before Canada’s 150th birthday on July 1, the Reputation Institute announced its annual list of the World’s Most Reputable Countries.  In what seemed to be an early birthday present from the world, Canada once again reached the illustrious spot of the #1 Most Reputable Country on Earth.

This morning (June 21, 2018), the Reputation Institute announced its annual list of the World’s Most Reputable Countries for 2018.  And for the first time in 6 years, we weren’t #1 or #2 on Earth.  Today, we have the privilege of being #7.

I blame the Liberal government and Justin Trudeau squarely for this outrageous drop in our global reputation. And I’m spitting furious about it.


Everything that the mentally and socially-retarded “Golden Boy”, @Justintrudeau, touches these days turns to lead, not gold.  Apparently, this now includes Canada’s reputation on the world stage.

The Reputation Institute‘s popular “RepTrak” listing of national reputations on the world stage has become a bigger and bigger event every year.  Every year, the Institute polls conducts a giant survey of over 58,000 people living in G7 countries, asking them who they believe to be the “most trusted nation on Earth” out of the top 55 economies of the world.

Canada has done very well for itself over the past number of years:

Credit: Reputation Institute, 2017 Country RepTrak Report2017 – #1
2016 – #2 (Sweden was #1)
2015 – #1
2014 – #2 (Switzerland was #1)
2013 – #1
2012 – #1
Credit: Reputation Institute, 2018 Country RepTrak ReportOf the G7 nations, whose residents vote for most reputable nation, Canada has the smallest population of them all.  So we didn’t stack the deck with votes.  In fact, it means that, in the past, people from the other 6 nations must have voted for us more than for their own country.

Our ranking score in 2018 was 79.2.  It was 82.8 in 2017.  Why does this drop matter?  In 2017, when we were named #1, Lonely Planet’s website named us the best place in the world to visit that year. That’s an actual tourism boost, with all the dollars related to it, just for ranking higher in this annual survey.  In fact, the Reputation Institute did an analysis of 72 of the top 100 countries in the rankings over the course of a year, and determined that the following on average was true:

Credit: Reputation Institute, 2018 Country RepTrak Report So this isn’t just some popularity contest, and it MATTERS if we rank lower. It costs us actual exports and actual tourism dollars to have dropped so low.  OUR REPUTATION MATTERS around the world.

In fact, for us to drop to such a low point as #7 in the annual ranking is highly significant, as it shows that our reputation in the eyes of the residents of our own nation, as well as the United States, Great Britain, France, Germany, Italy and Japan, has plummeted over the past year.

Now, I don’t at all dispute the other nations’ deserving of the rankings they have this year.  We all love Australia, and New Zealand as the Commonwealth sisters that they are.  And while it is interesting to see the entire Scandinavian region in the top 10 – Sweden, Finland, Norway and Denmark, it’s not overly surprising.

What is (not) surprising is WHY we dropped so far.  In a nutshell, the Reputation Institute blames…our federal government.

Credit: Reputation Institute, 2018 Country RepTrak Report 

Look no further than the “costumes” (according to locals) worn by our idiot Prime Minister, Justa TrueDope, along with Mr. Dress-up’s entire family, when travelling to India earlier this year, as the Toronto Star headline screamed:

The Trudeau at the Golden Temple, Amritsar, India – Feb. 21, 2018. (Credit: Adnian Abidi/Reuters)
The Trudeaus at one of Gandhi’s residences in Ahmedabad. (Credit: Associated Press)
Trudeaus with Bollywood actor Shah Rukh Khan in Mumbai.(Credit: Danish Siddiqui)
The Trudeaus at he Golden Temple, Amritsar, India. (Credit: Public Relations Office Govt. Of Punjab) 

Indian politician Omar Abdullah took to Twitter with a collage of the Trudeau family in their colourful attire, touching their hands and bowing their heads in the namaste gesture.

“Is it just me or is this choreographed cuteness all just a bit much now? Also FYI, we Indians don’t dress like this every day, sir, not even in Bollywood.” (Omar Abdullah, Indian politician)

Earlier in the week, Trudeau’s office rescinded an invite to a convicted Canadian Sikh extremist to a reception in Delhi.  That caused no small amount of embarrassment and fury at home, when he attempted to blame the Surrey Centre MP (himself a Sikh) for arranging the meet and greet between the Prime Minister and this convicted terrorist.  NO ONE was buying it.

Then there was the debacle recently with the United States over trade disputes, and Trudeau’s pissy 12-year-old school girl responses to Donald Trump’s legitimate concerns over various subsidies we provide – the recent “Supply Management” debacle in Quebec with dairy farmers, which will cost us all more for the grocery staple called MILK, being one example.

As a result of our government’s dumbass decisions in this regard, the US government slapped tariffs on a few Canadian-made or produced items.  Trudeau’s “Mean Girls” monologue following this was embarrassing to witness – and infuriating – as he responded in kind with tariffs of his own.

Let’s get real for a moment about Canada/US trade.

Canada is the #10 largest economy in the world.  We used to be the United States’ largest trading partner, but no more – China has taken that illustrious spot.  According to the US. Census Bureau, in 2017, we did we currently do about $581.5 billion worth of trade in goods with the US, with the US selling us $282.2 billion worth of goods, and buying $299.3 billion from Canada. That, however, is only a small fraction of the United States’ current GDP of about $23.76 trillion.

If Canada stopped doing trade with the United States, the #1 economy in world history by far, the United States would survive.  We buy only 18% of the US’ goods. The US would survive a trade war with us.  They would suffer a serious recession, however, which would impact on all their other global partners, who are our global partners as well.

If the United States stopped doing trade with Canada, however, Canada would sent into the Stone Ages.  The US buys 76% of everything we sell.  One doesn’t recover from that loss of customer.  One is economically destroyed.

At the recent G7 summit in Montreal, Trudeau (the “hostess with the mostest”) decided that the best way to treat house guests is to stab them in the back as soon as they leave – in the news media.  President Trump had just taken off on Air Force One to Singapore to meet North Korean dictator Kim Jong Un, when Trudeau began to bad-mouth the President behind his back, in a disgusting, classless display.

Trudeau apparently didn’t have the balls to do it to Trump’s face.  He also didn’t have the intelligence to understand that there are televisions on Air Force One.  Trump launched a string of verbal attacks in response – and the Canadian dollar plummeted by 0.19 of a US cent, to 76.96 cents US, after Trump called Trudeau “dishonest” and “weak.”  Trump then refused to sign the G7 Summit declaration, a slap to the face of the goon running our country.

In my opinion, the prissy little queen, Trudeau, actually deserved a punch to the throat.

And so now here we are, on the first day of Summer, learning that the world just doesn’t like Canada as much as it used to.  Individual Canadians did absolutely nothing to make that happen.  Neither did provincial governments for the most part.  No, this falls squarely on the shoulders of the idiots in Ottawa.

And there is no greater example than our Crime Minister, Justin Trudeau, the Queen of Farts.

He’s no longer a “useful idiot”, as some have called him in the past.  No, now that he’s ruining our reputation as a country, he’s just a garden-variety idiot.

October 2019, and the next federal election, cannot come fast enough for me – nor for the reputation of this country I love so much.

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By  Shawn Jorgensen, Founder
Calling Out Community
Posted: June 21, 2018
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Is Europe Prepping For Disaster?

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For the first time in over 40 years, since the spectre of the Cold War loomed across Europe, Sweden has called its entire Home Guard to begin immediate military drills, to bolster the country’s “defensive and operational capabilities”

But defense against WHAT?  What are they planning?  And wait until you see the book that was handed out to the citizens of Sweden this month – it may just give you pause that perhaps they know something we don’t know … or don’t want to deal with.


On June 6, 2018, the Kingdom of Sweden’s celebrated its National Day – much like July 1 in Canada or July 4 in the United States – by mobilizing all 40 Home Guard battalions in an unprecedented exercise, something they have not done in over 43 years –  since 1975.  That’s equivalent to over 22,000 reservists – only 12,000 fewer troops than currently serve in the standing Swedish Army!

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The Supreme Commander of the Swedish Armed Forces, Micael Byden, speaks to one of his soldiers. (Credit: Ronnie Hammar/Försvarsmakten)

The Supreme Commander of Swedish Armed Forces, Micael Byden, released a statement in Swedish and offered in English as well on their website, which stated:

“Our mission is to strengthen Sweden’s military defense and improve our operational capabilities.   We are testing the chain of mobilization for around half our organization, something we have not done since 1975.”

The Supreme Commander never said in the brief statement, however, WHY exactly he felt this was necessary to do.  He has been the head of the Swedish Armed Forces since 2015, and again, not to put too fine a point on it, but these military maneuvers have not been conducted since the mid-1970s.  The Cold War seems to be long-since dead, and now Sweden wants to be prepared militarily?

Perhaps that’s because this isn’t about military readiness.  Why do I say this?  Because according to the English website of the Swedish Home Guard itself, their purpose is described in the following way:

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Swedish Home Guard troops in training. (Credit: Jorchr)

“The service is on high alert, with mobilisation times measured in hours rather than days or weeks. It is required to support the entire range of defence activities – from civil support in peacetime to armed combat in war.

If Sweden was to be hit by a natural disaster, a major accident or other threat to society, the Home Guard is ready to support police, rescue services and others. The service also has CBRN platoons, traffic platoons and engineering units…

Home Guard units are contemporary military units, primarily tasked with protecting, monitoring, and supporting society at times of crisis, thereby providing a national and territorial bulwark for the defence and protection of Sweden.” (Emphasis mine)

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Some of Sweden’s 262 BAE CV90 tanks, in winter alpine military training exercises. (Credit: BAE Systems)

It’s important to note that they aren’t the army.  There is a separate Swedish Army, Navy and Air Force of about 34,000 soldiers that are tasked with the full-time responsibility of protecting the Scandinavian Kingdom against armed threats from hostile powers, either foreign or domestic.  Again, reservists are only dispatched to deal with things like “natural disasters, major accidents or other threats to society”.

So do they know something we don’t know?  Perhaps.

In addition to these new military training operations for reservists, Sweden is also sending an updated version of a Cold War-era advice booklet on how to cope with an outbreak of war…

…to around 4.8 million households.

brochure1The 20-page pamphlet, titled “If Crisis or War Comes,” released officially in English and in Swedish, contains advice about where to find bomb shelters and how to secure basic necessities such as food, clean water, and heat. It tells Swedes they have a duty to act if their country is threatened for “total defence,” and was first published during the Second World War and subsequently during the Cold War.   “If Sweden is attacked by another country, we will never give up,” the booklet says. “All information to the effect that resistance is to cease is false.”

What on earth?  Why the push to send this to millions of homes right now, while also calling up their entire military on maneuvers?

But Sweden isn’t the only country that’s actively preparing its citizens for potential disaster.  According to the site The Local, Norway’s largest news site in English, the Norwegian government decided in August 2017 to give away free iodine tablets to anyone who wants them:

“We have seen an increasing number of nuclear submarines off Norway’s coast – both visiting allies and Russian submarines patrolling off the coast all the way to Great Britain,” Norwegian Radiation Protection Authority section manager Astrid Liland told NRK, a major source of news in the Norwegian language.

“Increased numbers of nuclear submarines along the coast of Norway increase the risk of radioactive accidents”, say authorities, “who have now decided to assess the viability of distributing iodine tablets to parts of the population.”

According to WebMD, iodine tablets are used for radiation emergencies, to protect the thyroid gland against radioactive iodides. Potassium iodide tablets for use in a radiation emergency are available as FDA-approved products (ThyroShield, Iosat) and on the Internet as food supplements.  You can even buy them at Amazon.ca.

61Hg3q5q5-L._SX569_According to The Local article cited above, 43 crates containing a total of three million iodine tablets are already being stored at a depot in Oslo as one of Norway’s nuclear contingency precautions.  At even a discounted rate of $1.00 a pill, that’s a lot of pills just sitting around waiting for what sounds like a nonsensical hypothetical situation.  Especially when you learn that, according to the US Nuclear Regulatory Commision:

The shelf life of IOSAT 130 mg tablets is 7 years and the shelf life of ThyroSafe 65 mg tablets is 6 years. For States interested in extending the shelf life of KI, the FDA has published guidance on shelf life extension for the tablet form of potassium iodide.

So unless this nuclear accident is going to happen in about 6-7 years at the most, all that medication will just go to waste.  Does this seem like a rational thing to be stockpiling, to prepare for an oddly-specific hypothetic nuclear submarine disaster?

1280px-Submarine_Oscar_classTo be sure, there have been 9 nuclear submarines sunk so far in history – 2 from the US, 5 from the former Soviet Union, and 2 from the modern Russian Navy, including the infamous Kursk, the massive 16,000-ton submarine destroyed in a major explosion on August 12, 2000, killing all 118 of its crew.

However, I think that perhaps another incident might be on the minds of these leaders across Western Europe.  I’m reminded that in the Book of Revelation 8:11, it speaks about a great star that will fall from Heaven and hit the ocean:
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The name of the star is called Wormwood; and a third of the waters became wormwood, and many men died from the waters, because they were made bitter.

Iodine pills are also useful for purifying water that is contaminated by virtually anything out there.  Even if an asteriod hit the ocean and made the water “bitter”.  It is especially intriguing to also note that the Russian word for “Wormwood” is CHERNOBYL, the devastated Russian nuclear power plant that melted down in 1986.  What a bizarre possible tie-in, that the Apostle John couldn’t possibly have known about nearly 2,000 years ago.

Perhaps the Norwegians are simply preparing as they state.  However, blaming a possible Russian submarine disaster for causing these preparations is even more interesting, when you consider that, on the other side of the former Cold War, the Russians also seem to be preparing for a major event as well.
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40 Million Russians Conduct Emergency Drills – WHY?

In previous articles, I have shared how the Russians recently completed construction on 5,000 bunkers in the city of Moscow to house all 11 million citizens – then, if that was not over-the-top enough, they held 2 different emergency preparedness drills in the last decade.

One drill involved 40 million citizens over a 4 day period.  The logistics alone of such an endeavour, including how they would be fed and watered, washroom and sleeping arrangements, would be mind-boggling.  Remember, these weren’t soldiers they were sending out for training – these were the average Ivans and Ivankas of Russia.

They also had completed another with 60 million Russian citizens.  So this is incredibly serious stuff.  WHAT ON EARTH are they preparing for in such large numbers?  And bunkers for every single citizen in Moscow?  No other nation on Earth has done anything even remotely close to that.  Imagine how much cement was used to create these 5,000 bunkers, each of which can hold 2,000 people or more in them.  Imagine the enormous human resource and financial costs?

Putin used the excuse of escalating tensions between Russia and the US near the end of the Obama administration as his excuse for building these bunkers.  What science fiction.  You don’t plan for and build emergency underground nuclear bunker housing for 11 million people in 1 or 2… or even 5 years.  That would likely take a decade or longer to complete.   In fact, the project may have started before he was even President of the Russian Federation.

Most experts would tell you that we haven’t been in the Cold War for years.  It is a distant memory that a high school student today would not even remember – most likely wouldn’t even know what it was about.  Yet, for some reason, NOW is the time that everyone in Europe decides to wake up and spend millions, even billions of dollars to prepare against nuclear calamities?  Hogwash.

To be sure, they are preparing for something And its something that could be coming sooner than later – possibly within the decade.  This is just speculation at the moment, but the enormously obvious signs seem to be just everywhere in Europe.  And once these realities about European preparations begin to really sink in, the painfully obvious follow-up questions must be asked:

Why has North America seemingly done NOTHING to prepare our citizens for these future calamities?  Are we just going to be told some major event is happening, 20 minutes before it does, to avoid panic, to avoid people quitting their jobs and stagnating the economy?  Are our political leaders really that cynical, that cruel, that compelled to continue the capitalist march forward to nowhere.

Truly stop for a moment RIGHT NOW and think about the above, and honestly answer those questions in your head to the best of your abilities.

I can hear most of you now.  This is just ridiculous nonsense.  Fair enough.  But to recap…

  • 60 million Russian citizens DID take part in a massive drill
  • Another 40 million Russians DID take part in a massive drill
  • 11 million bunker spots WERE built for every single citizen of Moscow
  • Disaster planning booklets WERE sent to 4.8 million Swedish homes
  • 22,000 Swedish reservists DID begin maneuvers for the first time in 40 years
  • 3 million Norwegian iodine tablets DO sit in the dark in 43 crates in a warehouse somewhere, just waiting for a calamity, and
  • ALL of this DID happen within the last 3 years

Fear mongering folly, you say?  Scare tactics?  Click bait?

Sorry, NO, those would be FACTS. 

Still not convinced?  Ok, last attempt to wake you up: every one of those listed situations above took place in countries that are located directly beside each other on the map.  

Awake now?  Great.  Now, you likely will want to review this.  And thank the Swedish government for providing it – your government never bothered.  

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By Shawn Jorgensen
Founder, Calling Out Community
Posted: June 15, 2018
[God’s Got A Plan For You!

CNN’s POTUS Approval Ratings SUCK

5446619369bedd2b5b3ecd67-320-619CNN released a new poll today, conducted by Philadelphia pollsters SSRS, showing that President Donald Trump’s approval rating is “holding steady” – and his numbers on handling several key issues are climbing, with almost 6 in 10 Americans say things in Hthat country are going well. 

BUT WAIT… this is not GOOD news, CNN anchors “libsplained” today to their pathetically-dwindling but faithful weekday mid-afternoon viewers.  If you don’t already know it, you’ll soon see why this systemic bias, demonstrated against the current President by “the Most Trusted Name In News” …is exactly why they no longer live up to the tagline.


Here’s some truth in advertising: CNN is actually “The Most Busted, Rusted and Crusted Name in News”. (I want them to properly credit me before they start using the new tagline in their regular advertising )

You may laugh or get mad – but in fact, a March 2017 Business Insider report, using data from a 2014 Pew Research Center study entitled “Political Polarization and Media Habits“, did, in fact, prove that CNN is no longer the “most trusted name in news”.  In fact, the American people surveyed felt that their most trusted news sources at that time were all British, with the BBC and the Economist leading the pack.  I would personally concur.

CNN provided yet one more compelling reason today (May 7, 2017), when releasing President Donald Trump’s most recent Presidential approval rating numbers, just why viewers have abandoned leftist American media outlets en masse.

I noticed it right away when Jake Tapper, one of the longer-serving hosts currently on the financially-limping CNN, stated the following on air, regarding the current Trump Gallup approval ratings:

“Brand new CNN poll numbers revealing Americans’ perceptions of the Donald Trump presidency – and they look pretty locked in, while also becoming increasingly nuanced below the surface.  41% approve of the job the president is doing, 53% disapprove.  That’s about the same as it was at the end of March.  Every other elected president of the modern era with the exception of Jimmy Carter had higher approval ratings at this stage of his presidency.”  (Jake Tapper, CNN)

What a pile of RUBBISH. Rasmussen Reports, and other much more reputable pollsters (more on that later) disagree.  @jaketapper is a disingenuous buffoon. The fact that you are so desperate to spin polling numbers as to suggest that every President should have the same approval rating at the same period of their administrations is just about the most irrelevant “amazing statistic” nonsense I’ve ever seen.   I don’t think he’s stupid, but Tapper does say some very dumb things that a person could shoot holes through with very little effort.

Here’s the reality:

  1. No two Presidents have ever faced the same issues during the same period.  What a stupid metric to measure Presidential successes by.  George W. Bush was President for 8 months when the Twin Towers fell, and his approval rating went through the roof, lasted about a week and then it dropped constantly right until the end of his administration.  Franklin Roosevelt was elected in the midst of the Great Depression, so again, of course, he was seen as a hero at a very horrible time in American history.

  2. Every single American President has had a lower approval rating than President Trump has right now – with the exception of Eisenhower and Kennedy (from 1952-1963).

Donald Trump – The REAL Numbers

  • Yes, Trump “held steady” this week over last – a 41% approval rating, according to the Gallup organization.  However, the week before that, he was at 38%.  Sorry, a 3% increase IN A WEEK?  No one is celebrating that in the media of course, because it kills the agenda they have, which is to destroy his reputation.

  • That 41% that he is “holding steady” at is in fact the highest rating he’s had since May 22, 2017 (12 months). In spite of all the nonsense that has been dumped on him day after day after day – simply because he won an election that the left just will not accept.  It’s embarrasing, it’s stupid, it’s child, and frankly it’s destroying America.  Grow up, you whiny little jackasses. 

  • The approval rating amongst Democrats is also at a low 13% – but that’s the highest he’s seen since his inauguration.  It was at 50% of that for most of his administration thus far.  THAT is a HUGE win.  In addition, he’s only had 1 month thus far when his Disapproval Rating was LOWER than this. In the new poll, 40% of Democrats say things in the US are going well, up from 25% who said so in February. Democrats’ approval rating for Trump’s handling of the economy is up 11 points to 26%.

  • Overall, 57% say things are going well in the US today — up from 49% saying the same in February — which is the largest proportion to say so since January of 2007.  That’s significant. 

Barack Obama: 

  • This darling boy of the Democratic Party had 30 weeks at 41% or less, 22 weeks at 42% and 28 weeks at 43%.  While Trump only had 13% amongst Democrats maximum, in 8 years Republicans only showed 14% approval or more with Obama for less than 20 weeks (that’s about 4% of his Presidency).  That by the way included the last 11 weeks of his Presidency, which was when he saw his HIGHEST OVERALL DISAPPROVAL.  You know what that means?  His Republican approval for a few weeks – was only because HE WAS LEAVING.

George W. Bush:

  • Bush dealt with the horrors of 9/11 just 8 months after being sworn in in 2001. Of course his approval ratings would be higher earlier on as a result.  But he had 91 weeks at 41% approval rating (Trump’s rating today) or less.

Bill Clinton:

  • The other darling of the Democratic Party, Bill Clinton, also had his bad moments, which included almost BEING IMPEACHED.  However, in fairness, Clinton had an overall approval rating that only dipped to 41% or lower for 7 weeks, and that included a relatively strong showing amongst Republicans – kind of the mirrored image of Ronald

CNN, by the numbers:

CNN’s polling company is a woeful embarrassment.  In fact, in the results of the most recent survey on Presidential approval, I noticed that on one question – the May 2-5, 2018 approval results, they asked how well things are going in the country.

In the first 3 columns, on the first row, I note that 45% said “Fairly Well and 13% “Very Well”…but somehow this added up to 57% “Net Very/Fairly Well” in this pollster’s world?

Even someone in kindergarten would know that 45% + 13% = 58%

With the publicity campaign of destruction, @CNN, you aren’t winning – that’s clear.  The American economy, based on the job that President Trump has been doing, is winning the day with Americans.

You know damn well that polls can be manipulated, asking whatever questions you want in the way you want, to get the results you want.  Your pollster, however, can’t even seem to properly ADD so all hope is lost there.  The fact you use the same pollster for everything states that they must clearly share your agenda, especially when you both end up so clearly off the mark so often in polling numbers in these Presidential approval surveys, in polling results before and on election day, and now before the mid-term elections.

In fact, RealClearPolitics, which tracks about 20 different polls for Presidential approval, shows CNN has a CONSISTENTLY lower approval rating numbers for President Trump than many of its fellow news sources.  That’s kinda sad, because it’s so obvious.  To continuously put out these kind of random, ridiculously off-based numbers all the time either indicates some kind of shared mental illness, a shared agenda, or a news source that doesn’t get just how badly they are being duped by their pollster.

But CNN “gets it”, alright – in fact, it reminds me (cynically) that “you get what you pay for”.

Final Word: Rasmussen Reports

Rasmussen Reports still chooses to do an update every weekday to the President’s approval rating numbers, unlike the Gallup organization, which suspiciously stopped doing so in January 2018 – right around the time the President’s numbers started to improve, I note.  I also note that Gallup stopped surveying 3,500 people per update, and reduced that to 1,500, while at the same time reducing the update time to weekly.  Rasmussen Reports has been rated by the popular Media Fact Check site as having a “High” factual reporting history.  They state on their site that “now that Gallup has quit the field, Rasmussen Reports is the only nationally recognized public opinion firm that still tracks President Trump’s job approval ratings on a daily basis. 

Why does all this matter?  THEIR approval numbers for President Trump for the last week was not 41% as with CNN: It was 49%.  

Date

Approval Index

Strongly Approve

Strongly Disapprove

Total Approve

Total Disapprove

07-May-18

-7

33%

40%

49%

49%

04-May-18

-7

33%

40%

51%

49%

03-May-18

-7

33%

40%

50%

49%

02-May-18

-7

32%

39%

49%

49%

01-May-18

-6

34%

40%

48%

50%

30-Apr-18

-7

34%

41%

47%

52%

27-Apr-18

-7

35%

42%

47%

52%

Again, I hear you asking – “why does this matter”?  Because, dear reader, in the 2016 election campaign between Trump and Clinton – Rasmussen Reports was the only one that got it right.  Had you followed Rasmussen’s findings, as I and many others on the conservative side did before the election, Election Night 2016 was not a surprise to us.  We didn’t have fainting spells over the outcome.  We knew it weeks before it happened.

Rasmussen Reports’ final White House Watch survey showed Democrat Hillary Clinton with a 2.0% Popular Vote lead over Republican Donald Trump.  After all 136+ million U.S. votes were counted, Hillary Clinton, in fact, led the Popular Vote by 2.1%.  In a post-election commentary entitled “Issues Mattered After All,” Rasmussen Reports’ Managing Editor even wrote:

“The media created a false narrative about the 2016 presidential campaign, and most polling reinforced it. Controversy was the name of the media game, most of it focused on Republican Donald Trump, and many media outlets, most prominently the New York Times, and many pollsters were saying a little over a month ago that Democrat Hillary Clinton had already won. But the three daily tracking polls – the Los Angeles Times, IBD/TIPP, and Rasmussen Reports – consistently showed a much tighter race.”

In 2012 (see above), a Fordham University study by Dr. Costas Panagopoulos, who once served in the office of then Senator Hillary Rodham Clinton, compared pre-election polling with the results from Election Day. The study ranked 14 organizations – but suspiciously chose to omit the results of Rasmussen Reports. However, after the 2016 election, an American Research Group study found that…

Rasmussen Reports had the highest accuracy among 25 pollsters in the 2016 election.

CNN was so shamed by their accuracy over its pathetic, completely off-the-mark disaster on Election Night, that they have attempted to discredit in an article in 2017.  But results speak for themselves – when an organization is correct, the one that is so terribly incorrect doesn’t have an argument.

Stick that in your pipe and smoke it, Jake Tapper.  Or whatever you leftists do for fun.
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By Shawn J.
Founder, Calling Out Community
Posted: May 8, 2018

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Debunking Liberals That Have Lost Their Minds

There are simple, time-tested keys to victory in almost every debate against liberals.  Aren’t you tired of feeling like you cannot argue with these people?  Ever have a sense that the deck is stacked against you? 

We often believe intentional misconceptions that are perpetuated by the Left.  However, shining a bit of the light of Truth can dispel them – for, to quote an old adage, there is no stronger disinfectant than sunshine.

You can win an argument against leftists… liberals… left wingers… Libtards… the intelligentsia… social justice warriors…whatever you want to call them.  They hate all those nicknames, by the way, so please use them freely.


There is good news for the Conservative world – Liberals have lost their minds.  It was the subject of a recent Atlantic Monthly article, and it could help swing the culture war in our favour.  The only problem with the article was – they caught Democrats in a lie on several occasions, everyone knew it – and they excused it as a matter of “losing their minds”.  Feel sorry for the victims …of their own demise?  For example:

Last month, Democratic Senator Ed Markey delivered what seemed like an explosive bit of news during an interview with CNN: A grand jury had been impaneled in New York, he said, to investigate the Trump campaign’s alleged collusion with Russia.  The only problem: It wasn’t true.

The precise origins of the rumor are difficult to pin down, but it had been ricocheting around social media for days before Markey’s interview. The story had no reliable sourcing, and not a single credible news outlet touched it…  And by May 11, 2017, the story had migrated from the bowels of the internet to the mouth of a United States senator.”

Makes it sound like he was duped and couldn’t help it.  I prefer the tack that the New Boston Post took with the story, running the headline:  “Markey Spreads Malarkey On CNN”.

Not without a can of bear spray. What is she wearing? Is she in a remake of Dr. Zhivago or something –  Whack job.Yes, the Left is desperate.  They know they are losing a grip on the culture, as long as Donald Trump is in power.  You hear calls for everything from martial law by Rosie O’Donnell to Missouri state, Democratic Senator Maria Chapelle-Nadal, who publically wrote that she wished Trump would be assassinated.  She’s still in office.  In fact, 14,000 tweets echoing the same thing were recorded after the November election.  It’s outrageous.

Madonna publically mused about blowing up the White House – but then later said that the words were taken “out of context”, even though we all watched it for ourselves on CNN.  She released this statement:

“I am not a violent person, I do not promote violence and it’s important people hear and understand my speech in its entirety rather than one phrase taken wildly out of context,” she wrote. “My speech began with ‘I want to start a revolution of love’.”

Oh BARF.  A “revolution of love”?  One could not have enough vaccinations before attending that event, I’m sure.  Apparently, love includes blowing up the White House.  Leftists have gone mental.  

And everyone cringes and then says nothing to them or about them.  They should be arrested and tried for threatening the First Family.  And Rosie should know that in the case of martial law, the first people to be rounded up and done away with, if Trump really were the fascist dictator they all accuse him of being, would be people just like Rosie.  Loud.  Stupid.  Don’t know how to shut up.  And on the wrong side of history.

Found this photo in an eBay listing for a “hay bale pigeon shooting hide”.  I’d give my right arm to find out how many liberals are buying these to set up at home as panic rooms hahah I’ve said it before, and I’ll say it again – if Donald Trump is Adolf Hitler, and the Republican Party are fascists, it would be in Democrats’ best interests to find a hay bale in France to hide in NOW, wouldn’t it?

Some of this may be so stupid it’s funny right now, but folks, these people do not like to lose and they will not tolerate it much longer.  You can be sure that Democrats and their wingnut followers are going to become more desperate, more violent, more intolerant, as time goes on.  So it’s important that we arm ourselves with the truth to fight against the blatant lies and attacks that will be targetted our way.

In looking at dozens of different topics over the last 5 to 10 years, I’ve noted a few common denominators, in virtually every situation where a liberal has won an argument with me or a fellow conservative.  In fact, I would even go so far as to say the methodologies have become repetitious and predictable.  Why are they used then?  Because they work – mostly only, however, if you are unaware of them.

1. Liberals will attempt to convince you that they are intellectually superior to you.🔑 Your Key to victory?  Know and internalize this simple truth:  no matter what they tell you, liberals are not smarter than you.

  •  Liberals do not possess special intellectual powers of deduction, reasoning or information gathering, that a conservative can not also match or supersede.
  • Liberals are not tapped into a higher plane of understanding than you are capable of also attaining.
  • Liberals do not have any kind of unique mental faculties, genetic predispositions, or even privileged information sources that no one else can access but them.
  • Liberals do not somehow gain some intellectual advantage over you by simply being a card-carrying member of the left-wing, nor simply gained by calling themselves or being called intelligentsia.
  • Intelligence is not a liberal’s right of passage or “liberal privilege”, or some kind of gift with purchase when you ideologically become a liberal.
  • A liberal may have more degrees than you do. A liberal’s University knowledge, however, is generally built on the views of other liberals. In other words, they often state they are factually correct because University Wherever says so too – which is comprised simply of more liberals. “I as a Liberal am correct because I think like other liberals”.  At no time is this circular argument the same thing as TRUTH or FACT.
  • You think “well all these liberal intellectuals agree with this, it must be right”.  Well, no, you just have three people who all agree on something.  Right and wrong, fact and error, are not proven by majority rules.
  • Liberals can be stupid.  They can be insane, mentally handicapped or even mentally retarded.  They can be immoral, unethical, liars, cheaters, manipulators and moochers.  They are no different in any of those regards than any other citizen.
  • Liberals may have book knowledge, but that often doesn’t equate to common sense, rational thought or wisdom.  EVER.  They may, in fact, be very wise – just don’t let them convince you that, because they have 3 degrees on their wall, that they are wise.  Wisdom and knowledge are both connected and mutually exclusive – A person can be absent of one and full of the other.  Wisdom is predicated on actually applying the knowledge in a healthy way, in order to become a better person and lead others to the same by example.

  • Remember this – a person may have 5 degrees on their wall.  But a full circle is 360 degrees.  In other words, they do not, cannot and will not know it all, nor are they correct merely because of the amount of courses they took and passed, taught by other leftists.

  • 2. Liberals will rarely ever debate you on a subject, using facts or statistics.  🔑 Your Key to victory?  Know and internalize this simple truth:  arm yourself with the truth.  Know the facts.  And you will never be at the mercy of someone with just an argument.

  • In the absence of facts, Liberals will go to anecdotes.  Anecdotes prove nothing.  What their Aunt Shirley said or did or thought doesn’t have any bearing on what the nation or the world necessarily thinks.  The liberal in question may not even have an Aunt Shirley.
  • Which brings me to the next important point – if a liberal does not have the facts on his side, he will almost always absolutely make it up.  Yes, you heard me – when the stats aren’t there, they will just make up something.  And the higher up in the food chain they are, the less they are questioned.  I think of elected liberal officials, for example.  One needs to constantly fact-check them, because inevitably they will twist the truth to fit their agenda, because again, often times, their agenda is crap, and can’t be substantiated with truth.  I call these “amazing statistics”.
  • On April 15, 2017 , the BBC ran a fascinating article entitled:  The rise of left-wing, anti-Trump fake news.  In it, they stated:
  • “The fact-checking site Snopes told BBC Trending radio that in the past week, for example, they have debunked many more anti-Republican party stories than pro-Republican ones.  One example of an incorrect story is the unflattering, digitally-manipulated image, which suggested that US President Donald Trump had diarrhoea during a recent golf outing.

  • It’s hard to gather definitive data on the political bias in fake news stories, so the evidence for a rise in ‘liberal fake news’ is essentially anecdotal. But a recent study did effectively debunk the stereotype that fake news tends to be shared more by uneducated people or those with right-leaning politics, as compared to other groups.”

    • Many times during the campaign, ridiculous stories about then presidential candidate Trump came out, which were all refuted and debunked for the most part.  Did the sources apologize for spreading the stories?  Nope.  Did they know the stories were fake news?  Of course they did.  They hoped that something near the end would gain traction when they realized Hillary wasn’t going to win.  And it didn’t work.
    • You’ll notice that often times networks like CNN and others will run a story without a single on-camera person, stating “experts” or “family friends” or the like.  Why do we accept this stuff at face value?  CNN has been caught literally faking stories at least 3-4 times in 2017 alone.
    • In one cringe worthy example, legal expert Nancy Grace was talking to another female correspondent, Ashleigh Banfield, and they gave the impression that they were speaking from completely different outside locations – until people started to notice that the same cars were driving by both women in the background and lit up social media with the outrage.  The two women were actually in the same parking lot.  Apologies all around?  Nope, not a word was ever stated.  They were on a mission to give a narrative, and by God they were going to do anything they could to make that happen.  You can watch the video here.

3. Liberals will try to deceive you for agenda-based reasons.

🔑 Your Key to victory?  Know and internalize this simple truth:  recognize the real agenda, and call them out on it.

These latter people I most despise, because they don’t care whether or not what they say is absolute nonsense.  They are OK actually making up nonsense, or even damaging stuff that can ruin families – as long as they win the ideological debate.

They know they are telling lies and they don’t care As long as you believe it, or whoever is around to listen to them, and you follow along with the script of their pre-ordained plan, all the way to their desired endgame, ‘all roads lead up Rome’, as they say.

In a culture war, or in a battle for ideological control of a nation, victory will be attempted by the loony Left at any cost, with any number of casualties being acceptable, and any amount of collateral damage wing inflicted.

Ethics play no part in these intentional campaigns of deceit, and those who utilize these methodologies don’t lose any sleep over it.  Regardless of how they got there, the spoils always belong to the victors.

 This is why conservatives have often found it difficult to debate liberals when cultural wars are declared against us.  We are not prepared to sacrifice innocent people, to lose our integrity, or to present bold face lies in order to try and win a case over to the public.

Nor do we have to. The Bible says, in John 8:32, “you shall know the truth, and the truth will set you free.”  Nations are often enslaved by lies, deceit and fraud. The Bible indicates that we don’t have to argue or debate these things like you would in a courtroom.  Truth stands on its own merits.  Know it, and it will set you free.

Hosea 4:6 says: “My people are destroyed for lack of knowledge.” The Merriam-Webster dictionary defines “knowledge” as: “the fact or condition of knowing something with familiarity gained through experience or association“. [Emphasis mine]  In other words, the prophet Hosea was saying that people today are being destroyed – good people – simply because they don’t know something they need to, perhaps as they haven’t experienced it yet.

Knowledge really is power. Don’t just trust everything you’re told – research it, fact check it, find out who or what the sources are, and then simply speak the truth to that same situation.  And do not be a parrot that just mimics the news – most of it is a lie, and Christians don’t look good when they believe a stupid story, promote it or react to it to the end – and then find out it was a lie in the first place.

She also was available for kids’ birthday parties (yeesh, I’m kidding).I think of the high-profile rumour that infamous atheist Madalyn Murray O’Hair, who successfully did take prayer out of schools in the 1960s, was now actively working to get Christians taken off of television altogether, and to have Christmas programs taken out of schools.  The rumour first began in 1975, and was revived with different wording, but the same basic idea, over the next 20 years.  The Federal Communications Commission received nearly 30 million letters or phone calls from angry Christians, swamping the taxpayer funded organization beyond their ability to respond.  “Good for them”, I can hear you say. “Thank God the Church woke up to fight this”.

Not exactly.  One small problem – it was all a lie.  In fact, O’Hair went missing over 12 years ago, and in June 2000, a man named Gary Karr was convicted of kidnapping her, her son and granddaughter, and then he murdered them all.  Pretty hard to work your butt off to take Trinity Broadcasting or Daystar off the air, when you’ve got a bullet in heard in the woods somewhere.

The murderer wasn’t even charged with murder, but with bilking her Atheists group out of ransom money.  While I certainly feel for the son and the granddaughter (he had become a Christian), I think O’Hair made her bed and was killed in it.  But that being said, what was the motivation for someone making up this story and propogating it for 20 years?  To make the Church look stupid?  Keep us from fighting other battles because we’re too busy fighting fake fire?  We may never know where this started, but I hope we finally are ENDING it.

Folks, you can win against Liberals.  They don’t have to dominate our culture. We don’t have to sit by and let them make fools out of us.  We let them take over the universities and popular media, to our detriment.  We’ll have to claw it all back now or we could lose the culture war altogether.  And be sure, it is a war, and it’s for keeps – mankind’s souls are at stake.

And womankind too – don’t want a social justice warrior (SJW) to get triggered and lose their mind.  We have enough of that to deal with already.  Need a crayon or a safe space?

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Posted August 18, 2017

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POTUS in Poland: Fantastic Speech, Fake Story

On Thursday, July 6, 2016, President Donald Trump delivered a powerful speech from Krasiński Square in Warsaw, the capital of Poland, to a massive crowd of Poles that greeted him with chants of “Trump, Trump”.  The Wall Street Journal said of this speech:

The White House description of Donald Trump’s speech Thursday in Warsaw was simply, “Remarks by President Trump to the People of Poland.” In truth, Mr. Trump’s remarks were directed at the people of the world. Six months into his first term of office, Mr. Trump finally offered the core of what could become a governing philosophy. It is a determined and affirmative defense of the Western tradition.

Today, we bring you the entire text of this historic event.  It may be one of the greatest speeches of a President of the United States in my lifetime.


Melania Trump introduced the President with poignant and powerful words, a First Lady of the United States who is graciously growing into the role in a unique and self-determined way.

As a non-American by birth, she has a unique voice to millions around the world who dream the American dream wherever they are.  This became very clear when one sentence from her introduction became a widely-distributed meme on Twitter, Facebook and other platforms:

As many of you know, a main focus of my husband’s presidency is safety and security of the American people. I think all of us can agree – people should be able to live their lives without fear, no matter what country they live in. That is my wish for all of us around the world.” [emphasis mine]

President Donald Trump then delivered a speech that was praised by many surprising sources, including this tweet from a prominent journalist in Australia:

Thank you very much. That’s so nice. The United States has many great diplomats, but there is truly no better ambassador for our country than our beautiful First Lady, Melania. Thank you, Melania. That was very nice.

We’ve come to your nation to deliver a very important message: America loves Poland, and America loves the Polish people.

The Poles have not only greatly enriched this region, but Polish-Americans have also greatly enriched the United States, and I was truly proud to have their support in the 2016 election.

It is a profound honour to stand in this city, by this monument to the Warsaw Uprising, and to address the Polish nation that so many generations have dreamed of: a Poland that is safe, strong, and free.

President Duda and your wonderful First Lady, Agata, have welcomed us with the tremendous warmth and kindness for which Poland is known around the world. Thank you. My sincere — and I mean sincerely thank both of them. And to Prime Minister Szydlo a very special thanks also.

We are also pleased that former President Lech Walesa, so famous for leading the Solidarity Movement, has joined us today, also. Thank you. Thank you. Thank you.

On behalf of all Americans, let me also thank the entire Polish people for the generosity you have shown in welcoming our soldiers to your country. These soldiers are not only brave defenders of freedom but also symbols of America’s commitment to your security and your place in a strong and democratic Europe.

We are proudly joined on stage by American, Polish, British, and Romanian soldiers. Thank you. Thank you. Great job.

President Duda and I have just come from an incredibly successful meeting with the leaders participating in the Three Seas Initiative. To the citizens of this great region, America is eager to expand our partnership with you. We welcome stronger ties of trade and commerce as you grow your economies. And we are committed to securing your access to alternate sources of energy, so Poland and its neighbours are never again held hostage to a single supplier of energy.

Mr. President, I congratulate you, along with the President of Croatia, on your leadership of this historic Three Seas Initiative. Thank you.

This is my first visit to Central Europe as President, and I am thrilled that it could be right here at this magnificent, beautiful piece of land. It is beautiful. Poland is the geographic heart of Europe, but more importantly, in the Polish people, we see the soul of Europe. Your nation is great because your spirit is great and your spirit is strong.

For two centuries, Poland suffered constant and brutal attacks. But while Poland could be invaded and occupied, and its borders even erased from the map, it could never be erased from history or from your hearts. In those dark days, you have lost your land but you never lost your pride.

So it is with true admiration that I can say today, that from the farms and villages of your countryside to the cathedrals and squares of your great cities, Poland lives, Poland prospers, and Poland prevails.

Despite every effort to transform you, oppress you, or destroy you, you endured and overcame. You are the proud nation of Copernicus — think of that — Chopin, Saint John Paul II. Poland is a land of great heroes. And you are a people who know the true value of what you defend.

The triumph of the Polish spirit over centuries of hardship gives us all hope for a future in which good conquers evil, and peace achieves victory over war.

For Americans, Poland has been a symbol of hope since the beginning of our nation. Polish heroes and American patriots fought side by side in our War of Independence and in many wars that followed. Our soldiers still serve together today in Afghanistan and Iraq, combating the enemies of all civilization.

For America’s part, we have never given up on freedom and independence as the right and destiny of the Polish people, and we never, ever will.

Our two countries share a special bond forged by unique histories and national characters. It’s a fellowship that exists only among people who have fought and bled and died for freedom.

The signs of this friendship stand in our nation’s capital. Just steps from the White House, we’ve raised statues of men with names like Pułaski and Kościuszko. The same is true in Warsaw, where street signs carry the name of George Washington, and a monument stands to one of the world’s greatest heroes, Ronald Reagan.

And so I am here today not just to visit an old ally, but to hold it up as an example for others who seek freedom and who wish to summon the courage and the will to defend our civilization. The story of Poland is the story of a people who have never lost hope, who have never been broken, and who have never, ever forgotten who they are.

This is a nation more than one thousand years old. Your borders were erased for more than a century and only restored just one century ago.

In 1920, in the Miracle of Vistula, Poland stopped the Soviet army bent on European conquest. Then, 19 years later in 1939, you were invaded yet again, this time by Nazi Germany from the west and the Soviet Union from the east. That’s trouble. That’s tough.

Under a double occupation, the Polish people endured evils beyond description: the Katyn forest massacre, the occupations, the Holocaust, the Warsaw Ghetto and the Warsaw Ghetto Uprising, the destruction of this beautiful capital city, and the deaths of nearly one in five Polish people. A vibrant Jewish population — the largest in Europe — was reduced to almost nothing after the Nazis systematically murdered millions of Poland’s Jewish citizens, along with countless others, during that brutal occupation.

In the summer of 1944, the Nazi and Soviet armies were preparing for a terrible and bloody battle right here in Warsaw. Amid that hell on earth, the citizens of Poland rose up to defend their homeland. I am deeply honoured to be joined on stage today by veterans and heroes of the Warsaw Uprising.

What great spirit. We salute your noble sacrifice and we pledge to always remember your fight for Poland and for freedom. Thank you. Thank you.


First Lady Melania Trump, President Donald Trump, President Andrzej Duda and First Lady Agata Kornhauser-Duda of Poland. (Credit: Daily Mail)

Following the speech, the First Lady of Poland, Agata Kornhauser-Duda, was reported to have ignored President’s Trump’s handshake attempt, going first to Melania Trump.  not an uncommon thing for women to shake hands with other women first in many European countries – as the women may or may not have

Media’s “awkward handshake” trumped-up news story of the Polish First Lady supposedly bypassing President Trump was based on this photo…(Credit: Daily Mail)

First of all, it is not an uncommon thing for women to shake hands with other women first in many European countries – as the women may or may not have direct connection with the men at all, depending on the situation.  However, she is seen in the same video shaking President Trump’s hand seconds later, and sharing a very personal moment that was clearly heartfelt and with no ill will involved.

But the fake press had a field day with it, which was to quickly blow up in their face, as you’ll soon  see:

Weasly People magazine states that the Polish president said his wife didn’t snub Trump – they never admitted it was actually TRUE that she didn’t, as you’ll soon see.
New York Times licking it’s lips, and soon it’s wounds, over this stupid store.
Metro.co.uk’s tag line is “News but not as you know it”. You can say that again – especially when the journalistic gleefully begins “Ain’t nobody been snubbed…”. I’m guessing he’s that ‘nobody’ right now.
No collusion in the media? Take a look at the New York Times headline above, and compare it to his Washington Post one.

The situation became so ridiculous, that the President of Poland himself tweeted on the issue:

Media’s “awkward handshake” trumped-up news story of the Polish First Lady supposedly bypassing President Trump was clearly BS. (Credit: Daily Mail)

Mainstream media gets more pathetic by the day.  They are indefensible here, they clearly have evidence of stupidity and perhaps even journalistic fraud.  But they still continue to propagate the story in various circles – the vacuous, empty-headed leftist morons that follow them and think they accurately cover anything.

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By Shawn J., Founding Editor
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Posted July 7, 2017.  Updated July 13, 2017.

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Obama’s Outrageous Ozone Offences

Former President Barack Obama and his “wife” (I still believe she might be a he) have spent an awful lot of time on vacation lately.  You may say “Oh lay off, he’s earned it.”  Well, in that case, I can’t wait to tell you the details of his most recent vacation, because it seems to fly in the face of literally everything he said for the last 8 years.  

Pardon the pun, but I literally mean “fly”… and a host of other carbon-sucking endeavours that would trigger even his most ardent fans, sending social justice warriors and snowflakes everywhere scrambling to find some Crayolas and a nice, quiet, “safe space” to colour until it’s all over.

Sorry Libtards, but I don’t think he’s going to stop embarrassing you anytime soon.


Or the destructive power of a former President who continues to empire-build long after his second term is over.

On May 29, 2014, the Guardian newspaper reported on President Barack Obama’s unveiled plan to cut carbon pollution from power plants and promote cap and trade – the paper stating that Obama was “undertaking the most significant action on climate change in American history“.

The proposed regulations Obama would launch at the White House almost exactly 3 years ago today were meant to cut carbon pollution by as much as 25% from about 1,600 power plants in operation at that time, according to those claiming familiarity with the plan. Power plants, according to the same article, were America’s single biggest source of carbon pollution – responsible for up to 40% of the country’s emissions.

And now, let’s fast forward three years later, and take a look at Obama’s recent efforts to single-handedly be responsible for the remaining 60% of the country’s emissions.  All by himself.

Of course, we are exaggerating – but when you hear just what Obama’s been up to lately, you will start to think that perhaps we aren’t the ones in this story who pulled the wool over your eyes the most.  It seems that President Obama the Vacationing Emperor does not march to the same beat as President Obama the Vacuous Environmentalist.

It all started on May 7, 2017, when the Washington Examiner reported:

Now that this dweeb is no longer President (and someone should inform him of that ASAP), and as it seems his “children” have disappeared from the picture, I guess his words no longer need to hold water.

Former President Barack Obama is travelling to Italy to speak about climate change and food security.

He will be in Milan on Monday and Tuesday where he will meet with Italians, “including friends that he made while in office,” a statement said Sunday. It was sent only moments after Obama spoke at the John F. Kennedy Presidential Library in Boston, where he was awarded the Profiles in Courage Award. [emphasis mine]

Obama flew into Milan on a private jet on May 9 and as the Daily Express reported, he pocketed over £2.5million ($3,221,500.00 USD on May 25, 2017) for the sold-out speech to the Global Food Innovation Summit.  The Express reported that when he landed in the city, he headed straight for the extravagant Park Hyatt hotel, which can cost up to £7,100 ($9,140 USD on May 25, 2017) a night.

They continued:

In a way, I can’t fault the guy – his sycophants are clearly stupid as hell.

“After bringing the city to a standstill with a convoy of 14 cars, a helicopter and a 300-strong police escort, President Obama’s entourage reportedly took over two floors of the hotel.”

Sorry, but I have to ask the obvious – and I actually hope it triggers Leftists everywhere, causing global mayhem, rioting and weeping out loud in public (I’ll settle for the last one):

DOES THIS GUY KNOW HE’S NO LONGER PRESIDENT?
SERIOUSLY does he know that? 

How exactly does one come to a forum as prestigious as this, to speak about climate change and other related topics, and create this kind of carbon footprint when he does?

Yes, that “Profiles In Courage” award was fitting – because I can’t think of anyone with more balls to pull off this kind of grotesque hypocrisy than he has.

Well, except for maybe “Michelle” Obama, that is.

Oh, but it doesn’t end there.  As BizPac Review reported last Friday, May 19, 2017:

This guy is about to experience some powerful storms, I assure you, should he continue to travel around like a bloody Emperor with no clothes.

On Friday, the former president and his wife Michelle arrived in Tuscany aboard a private plane, escorted to a military base by six fighter jets, then whisked away in 13-car motorcade to a private villa where the stay costs regular folk $15,000 per night.

But the Obamas will likely not be paying for their five-night stay at the refurbished 14th century village as it is owned by Obama’s former ambassador to Italy, John Philips, the Daily Mail reported. [A whole whack of emphasis mine]

I don’t really care at all how much money he spends on his vacations, or where he stays when he goes somewhere.  That’s his business.  But are we to actually believe that HE paid for 6 fighter jets to escort him, or the 13-car motorcade?  And again, what kind of carbon footprint is this creating?

And again, does this guy know he’s not President anymore?

There, there, little social justice warrior / man-girl, Obama has let you down, we know. But the sun will shine again –
in 8 years, when President Trump’s second term expires.

Now, Obama sycophants, I am providing you with an opportunity to explain the President’s dedication to environmental causes, in contrast with the current debacle unfolding before us.  Give it your best shot.

But be warned – if you were to be foolish enough to choose to debate this topic face to face with me, you might just experience my carbon footprint…

landing dead centre on your rear end.  

I would look forward to experiencing first-hand a bit of climate change right before my eyes, to be sure.  Perhaps, when I hit the mark, we would even see some global warming.

The science is certain on that.

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By Shawn J., Founding Editor
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Posted May 26, 2017

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Pathetic Polling #3 – Christy Clark’s… Collapse?

BC NDP Leader John Horgan gives the thumbs up to the crowd at his election night speech during the provincial election in Vancouver, B.C., Canada May 10, 2017. (Credit: REUTERS/Nick Didlick)

UPDATED: June 30, 2017

The inevitable has taken place – the Christy Clark minority government voted in on May 9 has been toppled by a non-confidence vote of the Alberta NDP and the Alberta Greens, who have formed an Axis of Evil in order to attempt to take over the government.  And it looks like John Horgan has in fact gotten his way.

I’m outraged by this.  Not only did the NDP NOT get a majority of the popular vote in the last election, but the NDP and Green Party electors did not get to have a say in this merger, an unholy alliance of two political misfits that truly didn’t like each other a month ago.  Now the Green Party leader, with his 3 pathetic seats, has become a kingmaker.

God help us all.  With the idiot in Alberta also a part of the Communi….errr NDP Party, we are sure to see dark days ahead for both of our provincial financial pictures.  That, with Wynne in Ontario and Trudeau in Ottawa – and we truly have a situation where fiancially, the nation could be destroyed by all of these left wing jackasses in power.

UPDATED: MAY 9, 2017

BC Premier Christy Clark faced some worrisome days pre-election. Pollsters had her Liberal party on the verge of collapse. (Credit: Glenn Baglo , PNG)

As we stated below, those “570 days” have now come and gone, and here we are on election afternoon, 2017.

The media have @bcliberals and @bcndp polling “neck and neck”. Do you really believe that John Horgan has somehow magically turned the invisible BC NDP into a government-in-waiting?

Remember, Alberta said it wanted a “change” – and they got 4 Premiers in 6 years, with a 5th being socialist @RachelNotley – currently the 3rd-most disliked Premier in Canada.  Yah, that’s a change alright.

We were told Canada needed a change in 2015 as well – and we got @justintrudeau (the Shiny Pony) and his entitled wife, now planning which room at 24 Sussex they will turn into a  4:20 Room.

BC doesn’t need a change. Resist the urge to buy-in to the Libtard media nonsense. Since when is a new government after every election a sign of stability?

If you believe the NDP are right to rule… I have a “fast ferry” for sale that you should take a look at – never been used, comes with original owner’s manual – and taxpayer debt load.

It should bring REALITY home to you very quickly.

ORIGINAL POST:  May 15, 2017

In the weeks leading up to the British Columbia provincial election in Canada on May 14, 2013, the pollsters predicted nothing but gloom and gloom for Liberal party leader Christy Clark.

On April 16, 2013, the Victoria Times Colonist announced the start of the 28-day BC provincial election:

Premier Christy Clark launched what she called “the most important election in modern history” at Government House in Victoria this morning after Lt.-Gov. Judy Guichon dissolved parliament and kick-started the 28-day provincial election campaign…

[Premier Clark] also played down her party’s continued poor polling, which show the Liberals far behind the NDP — and even, in one recent poll, trailing the B.C. Greens on Vancouver Island. (Emphasis mine)

Poll prediction:
Liberals: 36%
NDP: 45%

Angus Reid forecast in its last poll before the election that the NDP was the party of choice for 45 per cent of decided voters and leaners, with the governing Liberals in second place with 36 per cent support.

B.C. Liberal Leader Christy Clark celebrates her party’s victory in the provincial election on May 14, 2013. (Credit: John Lehmann/The Globe and Mail)

However, on election night, May 14, it was reported that only 52% of eligible voters went to the polls. The Liberals seemingly shocked the news media, winning 44.4 per cent of the popular vote while the NDP ended up with 39.5 per cent, almost a complete reversal of what was predicted. The win gave the Liberals 50 of the province’s 85 seats, five more than the party had going into the election!

CBC News quoted pollsters at Angus Reid as saying that “voters failed to reveal their true intent prior to the election.” Really? Enmasse – by the thousands? You pollsters are all liars.

The surprising thing to me about the election results at that time were how non-surprising they were. I live in Metro Vancouver, with the majority of BC’s population living within its borders, in BC’s largest city and I didn’t know anyone that was actually voting NDP. Party leader Adrian Dix was less than inspirational and there was no burning reason not to vote for Christy Clark’s Liberals – you wanted to like her.

I strongly believe that pollsters intentionally attempted to sabotage the election and failed – then they attempted to spin the reasons they were wrong ad infinitim, ad nauseum.

Finally, realizing that wasn’t working either, they buried the story and pretended, for the most part, that the gaffe never happened. Several, like Angus Reid, have even gone so far as to change theit BC Election page… to talk about the election in 2017! That’s right, they erased all the info about the most recent election and now show only the one that’s scheduled for May 9, 2017 – 570 days away!
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See our related articles:
Pollsters and Pundits – Well-Paid and Often Wrong
Pathetic Polling #1 – Bibby’s….Battle?
Pathetic Polling #2 – David Cameron’s….Demise?

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By Shawn J., Founding Editor
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Original:  May 15, 2014. Posted May 9, 2017

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The Fleecing of Alberta

The NDP government in Alberta released its budget yesterday and tried, with “fingers crossed”, to push a $10.3 billion deficit down your throats – this after having a $10.8 billion deficit last year.

Enough is enough.  This government is destroying Alberta, killing your futures – and all because they believe philosophically that they are better at running your life than you are.

It’s time to kick them to the curb.


To my dear Alberta friends, your government has once again lied to you today, and as far as I’m concerned, have sold the province out and may even have technically committed treason.

Yesterday, the NDP government released its 2017-18 budget, and projected a deficit of $10.3 BILLION.

Alberta Finance Minister Joe Ceci: “We are laying the foundation for a return to economic growth.”
CBC News: “The $45 billion debt amounts to a nominal GDP ratio of 13.8 per cent with debt servicing costs of $1.4 billion.”

Economic GROWTH?  NOMINAL GDP ratio of 13.8%?  Let me give you a healthy dose of REALITY:

  1. A “nominal” GDP/Debt ratio is 5-10% of revenues. And no government actually pays that much back in a year, except perhaps Premier Ralph Klein, as he was finalising Alberta’s DEBT-FREE status. Ouch – too soon?  The Calgary Herald reported on January 5, 2016 that:
(Credit: Parkland Institute)

Alberta is the only province in Canada with financial assets greater than government liabilities but its debt-to-GDP ratio is set to skyrocket, says a new report from the Fraser Institute. Every Canadian government, except Saskatchewan, was expected to see an increase in its debt-to-GDP ratio from 2007-08 to 2015-16, but Alberta was expected to have the largest percentage increase, climbing 92.6 per cent, says the study released by the conservative think-tank.”

2.  Alberta has 100,000 FEWER high tax paying citizens in the last year, thanks to the slump in the oil industry.

3.  Albertans have already started paying the hated NDP carbon tax, which is an increase on your pocketbook in a time of economic uncertainty. That is money that will NOT go into the general economy, it will NOT create jobs, and it will NOT sustain growth. It will, however, help pay the $1.4 BILLION in debt costs this government racked up this year alone.

This deficit of $10.3 billion, called “nominal” by the CBC, is:

$28,219,178.08 ($28.2 MILLION) per day

$1,175,799.09 ($1.175 MILLION) per hour

$19,596.65 ($19 THOUSAND) per minute

$326.61 per second

On October 1, 2016, Alberta’s population reached 4.269 million, up 67,471 or 1.6% from October 1, 2015. When you get a moment, hug someone new to Alberta this year, because it reduced your personal amount owing on this deficit to $2,412.74 per person.

For a family of four, your share of this year’s deficit is $9,650.97.  May wanna hold off on that trip to Vegas for a bit?

And that’s on top of the $35 billion already amassed, or $10,541.11 per person. Oops, that included babies, small children, seniors and the sick and disabled as well – who of course can’t pay.

Better keep your cheque book close by.  Rachel Notley is gonna need it.

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By Shawn J., Founding Editor
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Posted March 16, 2017

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Ancient And Modern Connections To “Trump’s Wall”

On Tuesday this week (June 24, 2017), newly-installed 45th President of the United States, Donald J Trump, sent the following tweet to his 21.8 million followers on Twitter (and in so doing, to the world):

Trump wall tweet

The loony left has used this Wall as some tangible proof of Trump’s “inherent racism”.  Yet, they show absolute hypocrisy as they do – for you see, a wall already exists in part, has for decades, and you’ll be VERY surprised to learn: 

  • WHO REALLY ordered the  original Wall to be built
  • WHAT the original price tags was  to build and maintain a Wall like this
  • WHEN was it started, and WHERE the project is at now, and
  • WHY the wall is even necessary in the first place?

[Editors note: We refer to it simply as the “Wall” from this point forward – a capitalized proper noun.]


 “So we built the wall, and the whole wall was joined together up to half of its original height, for the people had a mind to work.” (Nehemiah 4:6, New American Standard Bible)

“Ashurbanipal On A Chariot” by Unknown. He was without question the greatest ruler of the Assyrian Empire

Ancient history seems to be repeating itself in our modern age as America faces Her greatest challenge in 2017  – the threat from “enemies, both foreign and domestic” – and anyone who has taken the Oath of Allegiance has sworn to protect America from such threats.

In around 605 BC, the civilized world was embroiled in a titanic conflict between great empires  – the allied armies of Egypt and Syria (under Pharoah Necho II) were attacked by the armies of Babylonia (modern Iraq, led them by King Nebuchadnezzar II), who was allied with the Medes, Persians and the Scythians (who together form modern Iran). It was by far the greatest military conflict in the history of the Persian Gulf. 

Somehow at that time, the little nation of Israel got caught in the middle of this conflict, and the Babylonians invaded Israel after Israel’s King Josiah had been killed, the Israelite army defeated, Jerusalem conquered and her walls destroyed.  Over the next 70 years, the brain trust of Israel was deported to the Babylonian empire on a constant basis.


WallThe parallels between little Israel and the United States today, in the context of this story, are more than a bit surreal.  Like Israel, the United States found itself the victim of a great surprise attack on 9/11, leaving the symbolic walls of the nation torn down – and the American homeland has never been more vulnerable to future attacks than it is right now.

Like Israel, for decades America seemed to have no leadership motivated or inspired to rebuid those “symbolic walls” and bringing the US back into a position of full safety and security

Enter Nehemiah in 445 BC

img_0099A high official in the Persian court of King Artaxerxes I, Nehemiah served as the king’s cupbearer (Nehemiah 1:11), which evidently put him in a position to speak to the king and request favors from him. After hearing about the sad state of affairs in Judah (Israel’s southern Kingdom) Nehemiah acquired the king’s permission to return to Jerusalem and rebuild the city and its fortifications. He is even given letters from the king to ensure safe passage and to obtain timber from the king’s forest for the gates and walls of Jerusalem.

Nehemiah returned to Jerusalem in 445 B.C. as the provincial governor of Judah. He immediately surveyed the damage to the entire city on his well-known night journey around the walls (Nehemiah 2:12–15). He enlisted the help of the people to quickly repair the breaches in the wall. He also urged them to set up guards to defend against the constant threat of those who opposed their efforts, including the armies of Samaria, the Ammonites and the Ashdodites.

Enter Donald Trump in 2016 A.D.

img_0069There are remarkable parallels between Donald Trump and  Nehemiah of old.  Mr. Trump has been a highly placed official in the United States business community, which also put him in a position through technology to speak to the people directly (as America has no king, the people control America’s destiny).  Mr. Trump sought to inspire them (and on Election Day he acquired the people’s permission) to come to Washington to rebuild America and make Her great again.  He also had surveyed the needs and announced that, like Nehemiah of old, a physical wall was needed to protect American interests.

In a January 25, 2017 New York Times story, Mr. Trump announced that construction on his Wall will commence as soon as possible, and enlisted America’s help to quickly build the same.  Mr. Trump also urged Americans to be on guard against the constant threat of those who oppose their efforts, including neighbouring nations and terrorist groups worldwide.

img_0101Nehemiah said that he didn’t want to take advantage of food and land allotments that were due to his office because there was already such a great burden on the people of his province (Nehemiah 5:14–19). He also made the other nobles and officials forgive all outstanding debts and ordered them to return all land and money that had been taken as taxes so the people would be able to feed themselves and their families.

img_0100Donald Trump has also refused to take a Presidential salary if at all possible, following in the footsteps of the second-wealthiest President in U.S. history, George Washington, worth am estimated $500 million before he took office.  Mr. Trump has also vowed to with the “nobles” in Congress and Senate to cut taxes, restoring the people to a place where they too can feed themselves and their families.

The hurried work of repairing and rebuilding Jerusalem’s walls and gates was completed by Nehemiah in just 52 days (Nehemiah 6:15). Another of Nehemiah’s accomplishments was to make a record and genealogy of all the nobles, officials and people who were then living in Judah.

Today, Donald Trump also has announced a plan to speedily build the wall between the United States and Mexico, and for the sake of general security, has suggested creating a record of certain of our cultural groups in the country that have been perceived as a direct threat in the past, so they can better be tracked while in the country – particularly the Muslim community – and to also deport those who were not in the country legally.

Now It Gets Really Crazy…

(Credit: US Border Services and Protection)
(Credit: US Border Services and Protection)

You are likely of the belief that this Wall running along the Southern border is a Trump concoction – and many of you believe it is a racist, right-wing, isolationist conspiracy that singles out particular people groups for open persecution from America.

That narrative is all nonsense.  Every nation on earth with the exception of America seems to have the right to keep whoever they want out and let on whoever they want in floods. But worn enemies of America have used Her greatest strength as a weakness: flapping the Constitution in Her face and declaring that they cannot be held back… from what we have found out later were some diabolical plans against Her!

The Leftist media, and the Liberal (Canada) and Democratic (US) Parties  have made this Wall the ‘Trump Plan’, making him the lightning rod for their deep-seated, propaganda-fueled, revisionist history in the process.

We’re not letting them get away with it.  For you see, dear friends, this Wall is not a new idea.  It’s not even HIS idea.  In fact, it’s not even a new barrier construction project along the Southern border – Reuters reported in October 2009 that, of the 1,989 miles of border between the US and Mexico…

A “fence” already exists on 660 miles (33.2%, or almost exactly 1/3) of the Mexican-US border.  Not “under construction” or “in planning”, either.  Those portions have already been completed.

And no friends, the United States has not found anyone else so far to pay for it.  They don’t have President Trump’s negotiation skills.  Nor did they apparently have Donald Trump’s ability to manage large construction projects or to oversee budgets to ensure that things were built in a cost-effective manner.

img_0104What you are about to learn, however,  is that the Clinton narrative about this Wall being a dumb Trump idea is nonsense…

… because in September 1994, President Bill Clinton introduce the same Wall idea, called Operation Gatekeeper, which included $800 million for border guards, as well as a 10 foot high “fence” (they took pains not to call it a “wall”) in places that would go 8 5/8 miles from the Pacific coast, cutting between the cities of Tijuana and San Ysidro, CA. – the busiest border crossing in the world.

The farthest-West section of the US-Mexican border Wall, between Tijuana and San ysidro, CA - 2010. alive and well already - since 1994.
The farthest-West section of the US-Mexican border Wall, between Tijuana and San ysidro, CA – 2010. alive and well already – since 1994.

In May 1999 I stayed a block from that Wall and watched as nightly,  hundreds of people would line up with their wire cutters, blow torches or bolt cutters, to cut through the wall and escape.  They didn’t have to be the fastest runner in the group – just faster than most of the rest caught soon after.  And according to recent media reports, every hole cut in the wall costs $1,300 to fix – over 20 years, that’s $6.5 BILLION, because some of their “fence”.  According to the New York Times, the Clinton fence at that time cost between $16 million and $21 million A MILE.  President Trump couldn’t do worse than that, but he surely can do better.

The Clinton barriers were built as part of three larger “Operations” to taper transportation of illegal drugs manufactured in Latin America and immigration: Operation Gatekeeper in California (above), Operation Hold-the-Line in Texas, and Operation Safeguard  in Arizona.  And why did they build the Wall then that they somehow didn’t think we needed still now?

img_0108Ninety-six-point-six (96.6) per cent of apprehensions by the Border Patrol in 2010 occurred at the southwest border.  The number of Border Patrol apprehensions declined 61% from 1,189,000 in 2005 to 723,840 in 2008 to 463,000 in 2010.  Great to see the reductions, but SERIOUSLY, 463,000 illegal immigrants in one year from Mexico aloneAnd that’s the ones they CAUGHT.

The decrease in apprehensions may be due to a number of factors including changes in U.S. economic conditions and border enforcement efforts. Border apprehensions in 2010 were at their lowest level since 1972.[6]

Folks, regardless of the political nonsense, the wall is happening, the wall is here, the wall is for your benefit.  And as we see from the voting record in the U.S. Senate to the right, President Clinton thought the Wall/Fence was important, and Senator Clinton voted in favor of it.

Enough already.

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By Shawn J., Founding Editor
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Posted January 26, 2017

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Presidential Promises #1 – Jobs, Trade and The Economy

In Donald Trump’s final days on the campaign trail, he promised his supporters that “every dream you ever dreamed for your country” will come true if he became President — one of dozens of sweeping promises he made and is now expected to fulfill

In January, Jenna Johnson of the Washington Post compiled a list of 76 campaign promises Trump had made. Since then, the list has grown to 282, collected from Trump’s speeches, public comments, tweets and campaign and transition websites.

Now, in a series of posts, we will lay out every single one of these promises. We want President-Elect Trump to succeed, and to stay on track with his very aggressive agenda as he does. We want to assist him where we can, and ensure our elected officials in Washington know that we expect them to do the same.

1-y6_hpa_unbavh2toabq7paOriginally published in The Washington Post. Jenna Johnson is a political reporter who covered Donald Trump during the 2016 presidential campaign. Follow @wpjenna


JOBS

  1. Create at least 25 million jobs and “be the greatest jobs president that God ever created.”
As this best-selling book and Netflix documentary assert, China is killing the American economy.
As this best-selling book and Netflix documentary assert, China is killing the American economy.
  1. Bring back manufacturing jobs from China, Mexico, Japan and elsewhere. States that can expect a rush of jobs include Pennsylvania, North Carolina, Michigan, Ohio, Florida, New Hampshire, Iowa, Nevada, New York and Virginia.

3. Encourage manufacturers to build or grow factories in the United States with tax incentives.

4. Refuse to eat another Oreo until Nabisco fully moves production back to the United States from Mexico.

5. Tell Ford’s president that unless he cancels plans to build a massive plant in Mexico, the auto company will face a 35 percent tax on cars imported into the United States. Trump is confident he can get this done before taking office. (Trump has twice incorrectly said this has already happened.)

apple-china6. “Get Apple to start building their damn computers and things in this country, instead of in other countries.”

7. Call the executives at the parent company of Carrier, an air-conditioning manufacturer that is closing a plant in Indiana and moving to Mexico, and threaten to impose a 35 percent tariff on air conditioners imported into the United States. Trump predicts the company will say: “Sir, we’ve decided to stay in the United States.”

8. Bring back the steel industry to Pennsylvania and use American-made steel in all federal infrastructure projects.

9. Make the auto industry in Michigan “bigger and better and stronger than ever before.” Trump plans to return to the state each time a new factory or auto plant opens.

10. Bring the coal industry back to life in the Appalachian Mountain region.

11. Require employers to recruit “from the unemployment office — not the immigration office.”

12. Leave the federal minimum wage at $7.25 per hour, which is already too high.

Minimum wage rates across the globe. (Credit: Eurostat)
Minimum wage rates across the globe. (Credit: Eurostat)

13. Raise the federal minimum wage to $10 per hour, as $7.25 is too low and “the minimum wage has to go up.”

14. Allow states to set their own minimum wage.

15. “Under a Trump presidency, the American worker will finally have a president who will protect them and fight for them.”

APPROACH TO THE PRESIDENCY

16. “I’m going to be so presidential, you’re going to be so bored.” He might also quit tweeting.

17. “I refuse to be politically correct.”

18. “My only special interest is you, the American people,” not major donors, the party or corporations.

19. “Be the healthiest individual ever elected to the presidency.”

20. Pass on the president’s annual salary of $400,000.

21. “I would not be a president who took vacations. I would not be a president that takes time off.” Trump will make time for golf but promises to “always play with leaders of countries and people that can help us.”

22. “I promise I will never be in a bicycle race. That I can tell you.” (Trump has criticized Secretary of State John F. Kerry, who was injured while riding a bicycle amid the Iran negotiations.)

23. “In negotiation, you must be willing to walk. . . . When the other side knows you’re not going to walk, it becomes absolutely impossible to win.”

24. “If I draw a line in the sand, I will enforce it.”

25. “I don’t settle cases. I don’t do it.” (This month Trump settled a fraud lawsuit against Trump University for $25 million.)

President-Elect Trump and his three adult children - Eric, Donald Jr. and Ivanka. (Credit: Vanity Fair)
President-Elect Trump and his three adult children – Eric, Donald Jr. and Ivanka. (Credit: Vanity Fair)

26. Fully focus on the presidency and put his three oldest children — Donald Trump Jr., Ivanka Trump and Eric Trump — in charge of running his company. (Trump has yet to take steps to fully isolate himself from his business, and his three oldest children have played a major role in his transition team. In an interview with the New York Times on Tuesday, Trump noted that he could legally continue running his business.)

28. Pass the Middle Class Tax Relief and Simplification Act, which will reduce the number of tax brackets from seven to four and lower income taxes for all. The highest earners would pay a 25 percent tax. Individuals earning less than $25,000 per year or couples earning less than $50,000 would not be charged income tax, although they would have to file a one-page form with the IRS that states: “I win.”

29. Lower the corporate tax rate to 15 percent and get rid of most corporate tax loopholes or incentives. Allow corporations a one-time window to transfer money being held overseas, charging a much-reduced 10 percent tax.

30. Eliminate the carried interest loophole for Wall Street, the federal estate tax, the alternative minimum tax and the so-called marriage penalty that affects some high-income earners. Continue to allow taxpayers to deduct mortgage interest and charitable donations from their taxes.

31. “We are going to have the biggest tax cuts since Ronald Reagan.”

TRADE

32. Renegotiate the North American Free Trade Agreement or withdraw from the deal under Article 2205.

(Credit: Smoloko.com)
(Credit: Smoloko.com)

33. On the first day in office, pull out of the Trans-Pacific Partnership, President Obama’s signature trade deal linking countries around the Pacific Rim.

34. Negotiate trade deals with individual countries instead of regions. Trump would gather together the “smartest negotiators in the world” and assign them each a country. Billionaire hedge fund manager Carl Icahn would be in charge of trade negotiations with China and Japan.

35. Identify all foreign trading abuses that affect American workers and “use every tool under American and international law to end those abuses immediately.” This would include cracking down on “sweatshops in Mexico that undercut U.S. workers.”

36. Impose new taxes on imports into the country from companies that used to be based in the United States. Trump’s most frequently cited number is 35 percent.

37. Impose a 45 percent tariff on Chinese products imported into the United States.

ECONOMY AND FEDERAL BUDGET

38. “We will double our growth and have the strongest economy anywhere in the world.” Grow the nation’s economy by at least 4 percent per year, although Trump has also suggested he will boost growth to at least 6 percent per year — if not much higher.

(Credit: The Independent Report)
(Credit: The Independent Report)

39. Eliminate the $19 trillion national debt within eight years by “vigorously eliminating waste, fraud and abuse in the federal government, ending redundant government programs and growing the economy to increase tax revenues.”

40. Never default on this debt, as the United States can “print the money” or renegotiate the amount owed with creditors, as the self-described “king of debt” has done with his private businesses.

41. Cut the budget by 20 percent by simply negotiating better prices or renegotiating existing deals.

42. Implement the “Penny Plan,” which each year would reduce net spending by 1 percent of the previous year’s total. Over 10 years, Trump says, this would reduce spending by almost $1 trillion. Defense and public safety spending would be exempt.

43. Immediately institute a hiring freeze on all federal employees to reduce the workforce through attrition. There would be exceptions for those in the military, public safety and public health.

44. Order every federal government department head to “provide a list of wasteful spending projects that we can eliminate in my first 100 days.” Review each agency and then decrease the size of the “bloated government,” making it “leaner and more responsive to the public.”

download-245. Stop spending money on space exploration until the United States can fix its potholes. Encourage private space-exploration companies to expand.

46. Stop so-called zombie spending, in which the government funds programs that have had their congressional authorization lapse. By cutting 5 percent of this spending, Trump estimates he could save almost $200 billion over 10 years.

47. Collect unpaid taxes, which Trump says could be as much as $385 billion per year.

48. Crack down on improper government payments, which Trump estimates exceed $135 billion per year.

49. Dismantle the Dodd-Frank Wall Street Reform and Consumer Protection Act, which aims to prevent the excessive risk-taking that led to the financial crisis and was signed into law by Obama in 2010.

REGULATION

Donald Trump REALLY believes in cutting red tape :)
Donald Trump REALLY believes in cutting red tape 🙂

50. Issue a moratorium on new federal regulations that are not compelled by Congress or public safety. For every new regulation that is added, two existing regulations must be eliminated. And those new regulations must pass this test: Is this regulation good for the American worker?

51. Order agency and department heads to identify all “needless job-killing regulations” and then remove them.

HEALTH CARE

52. “Completely repeal” the Affordable Care Act and replace it with something “terrific” that is “so much better, so much better, so much better.” Americans will have “great health care at a fraction of the cost.” Trump plans to call Congress into a special session to do this, which will likely be unnecessary.

53. Eliminate the individual mandate, as “no person should be required to buy insurance unless he or she wants to.”

54. Allow individuals to fully deduct health insurance premium payments from their tax returns.

55. Knock down the regulatory walls between states for health insurance, making plans available nationally instead of regionally. “Insurance costs will go down and consumer satisfaction will go up.”

56. Expand use of Health Savings Accounts, which allow workers to save money for medical expenses without having to pay federal income tax on those funds. These payments will be allowed to accumulate and can be passed on to heirs. These funds can be used by any member of a family.

57. Encourage states to establish high-risk pools to cover individuals who have not maintained continuous coverage.

medicare-is-different-than-medicaid58. Preserve Medicare and Medicaid but encourage states to root out fraud, waste and abuse. Provide states with block grants of Medicaid funds to provide more freedom in designing programs to assist low-income citizens.

59. Reduce the number of individuals on Medicaid and/or using the Children’s Health Insurance Program. Trump would also cut any health care offered to undocumented immigrants.

60. Make medical marijuana widely available to patients and allow states to decide if they want to fully legalize pot.

61. Push the Food and Drug Administration to more quickly approve the thousands of drugs it is currently reviewing. Trump also wants to “advance research and development in health care.”

62. Bring down drug prices by importing cheaper medications from overseas and allowing Medicare to negotiate drug prices.

63. Require price transparency from health-care providers so patients can shop for the best prices.

64. “You will be able to choose your own doctor again.”

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By Shawn J., Founding Editor
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Posted December 3, 2016

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Presidential Promises #2 – Safety, Security and Immigration

In Donald Trump’s final days on the campaign trail, he promised his supporters that “every dream you ever dreamed for your country” will come true if he became President — one of dozens of sweeping promises he made and is now expected to fulfill

In January, Jenna Johnson of the Washington Post compiled a list of 76 campaign promises Trump had made. Since then, the list has grown to 282, collected from Trump’s speeches, public comments, tweets and campaign and transition websites.

Now, in a series of posts, we will lay out every single one of these promises. We want President-Elect Trump to succeed, and to stay on track with his very aggressive agenda as he does. We want to assist him where we can, and ensure our elected officials in Washington know that we expect them to do the same.

1-y6_hpa_unbavh2toabq7paOriginally published in The Washington Post. Jenna Johnson is a political reporter who covered Donald Trump during the 2016 presidential campaign. Follow @wpjenna


BORDER SECURITY

65. Fully fund the construction of an “impenetrable physical wall” along the southern border with Mexico. The wall will be one foot taller than the Great Wall of China and “artistically beautiful,” constructed of hardened concrete, rebar and steel. The wall might cover only about 1,000 miles of the nearly 2,000-mile border because of natural barriers, and Trump is open to using fencing in some places.

(Credit: CNN.com)
(Credit: CNN.com)

66. Make Mexico pay for the wall, “100 percent.” If Mexico refuses, then the United States will impound remittance payments taken from the wages of undocumented immigrants, cut foreign aid, institute tariffs, cancel visas for Mexican business leaders and diplomats, and increase fees for visas, border-crossing cards and port use.

67. “Charge Mexico $100,000 for every illegal that crosses that border because it’s trouble.”

68. “Find and dislocate tunnels” along the border.

69. Supplement the wall with “above-and below-ground sensors, towers, aerial surveillance and manpower.” Hire an additional 5,000 Border Patrol agents and expand the number of Border Patrol stations.

70. End “catch-and-release.” Anyone who illegally crosses the border will be detained until they are removed from the country.

IMMIGRATION

71. On the first day in office, terminate President Obama’s executive orders related to immigration.

72. Triple the number of U.S. Immigration and Customs Enforcement officers.

(Credit: Center for Immigration Studies)
(Credit: Center for Immigration Studies)

73. Cancel federal funding to “sanctuary cities” that choose to not prosecute undocumented immigrants for being in the country illegally.

74. Create a Deportation Task Force.

75. Immediately deport undocumented immigrants who have committed a crime, are a member of a gang or pose a security threat. Trump estimates this is 2 million to 3 million people, although experts say the number is much lower.

76. Deport the millions of undocumented immigrants who are in the United States on an expired visa.

77. Deport undocumented immigrants who are benefiting from government assistance programs such as food stamps or housing assistance.

78. Issue detainers for undocumented immigrants who are arrested for any crime and immediately begin removal proceedings.

79. Do not grant amnesty to immigrants who are in the country illegally. “Anyone who has entered the United States illegally is subject to deportation,” and those wanting legal status will have to return to their home country and apply for reentry.

80. Restore the Secure Communities deportation program, which was ended by the Obama administration in 2014. The program was a partnership among federal, state and local law enforcement agencies that worked together to identify and deport undocumented immigrants.

81. “Expand and revitalize” use of Section 287(g) of the Immigration and Nationality Act, which allows the Department of Homeland Security to deputize state and local law enforcement officers to perform the functions of federal immigration agents.

Kate’s Law is dedicated to Kate Steinle, whom an illegal felon and total strangee shot and killed on the Pier in San Francisco, CA, dying in her dad's arms. Later we learned the demon that shot her had been thrown out of the US for committing previous felonies - and was let back in. I hope he hangs. (Credit: DC Gazette)
Kate’s Law is dedicated to Kate Steinle, whom an illegal felon and total strangee shot and killed on the Pier in San Francisco, CA, dying in her dad’s arms. Later we learned the demon that shot her had been thrown out of the US for committing previous felonies – and was let back in. I hope he hangs. (Credit: DC Gazette)

82. On the first day in office, ask Congress to pass “Kate’s Law” — named for Kate Steinle, who was killed by an undocumented immigrant in San Francisco last summer — to “ensure that criminal aliens convicted of illegal reentry face receive strong mandatory minimum sentences.”

83. Introduce legislation named for Michael Davis Jr. and Danny Oliver, law enforcement officers in California who were killed by an undocumented immigrant in 2014. Such legislation would hasten the removal of “criminal immigrants and terrorists.” (Sen. Jeff Sessions of Alabama introduced the Davis-Oliver Act in June 2015, but it did not go anywhere.)

84. Stop issuing visas to countries that refuse to take back citizens who immigrated illegally to the United States.

85. Allow “tremendous numbers” of legal immigrants based on a “merit system,” selecting immigrants who will help grow the country’s economy.

86. Reduce the number of legal immigrants because it is “simply too large to perform adequate screening,” and these immigrants could be taking jobs away from American workers.

87. Expand the number of H-1B visas for highly skilled workers so that more of the “talented people” who graduate from Ivy League institutions can stay in the United States and work in Silicon Valley.

88. Get rid of the H-1B visa program because it’s “very, very bad” for American workers.

89. Continue to allow lowly paid foreign workers to come to the United States on temporary work visas to pick grapes and work in seasonal resorts.

90. Institute “extreme vetting” of all immigrants.

91. End birthright citizenship, only granting citizenship to babies whose parents are legally in the country.

92. Sunset visa laws, forcing Congress to periodically review and revise them.

93. Strongly enforce visa expiration dates. Complete the biometric entry-exit visa tracking system, which has been authorized by Congress but has yet to be completed.

cc_headsupe_verify394. Strengthen and expand the use of E-Verify, which allows employers to check an employee’s eligibility to work.

95. Urge assimilation because “our system of government, and our American culture, is the best in the world and will produce the best outcomes for all who adopt it.”

96. Accomplish more immigration reforms in a few months than politicians have accomplished in the past 50 years. With these reforms, Trump promises: “Crime will go down, border crossings will plummet, gangs will disappear, and welfare use will decrease.”

97. Make illegal immigration a “memory of the past.”

NATIONAL DEFENSE AND SECURITY

98. Be unpredictable and keep all military strategy a secret. “No one is going to touch us, because I’m so unpredictable.”

99. Put “different generals” in place because “under the leadership of Barack Obama and Hillary Clinton, I think the generals have been reduced to rubble.” Trim military bureaucracy.

100. Find great generals — like the next Gen. George Patton or Gen. Douglas MacArthur — and do not allow them to go on television news shows to explain their military strategy. Trump prefers generals who are rough, foul-mouthed and beloved by their troops.

101. As soon as he takes office, ask Congress to repeal the defense sequester that limited the military’s budget.

s-l300102. Strengthen the military so that it’s “so big and so strong and so great” that “nobody’s going to mess with us.”

103. Equip troops with the “best equipment known to mankind.”

104. Modernize and renew the nuclear weapons arsenal.

105. Grow the Army from its current size of 470,000 active-duty soldiers to 540,000.

106. Modernize and grow the Navy fleet to 350 surface ships and submarines. The Navy currently has 272 deployable battle-force ships.

107. Grow the Air Force to 1,200 fighter aircraft.

108. Grow the Marine Corps to 36 battalions, increasing the active-duty force from its current target of 182,000 to 200,000.

109. Involve all 50 states in rebuilding the military and developing new technologies. Create thousands of jobs building these new ships in Philadelphia, Portsmouth, N.H., and Hampton Roads, Va. North Carolina’s Research Triangle will also play a key role.

110. Develop a “state of the art” missile defense system and modernize naval cruisers to provide Ballistic Missile Defense capabilities. It will cost $220 million per modernization.

111. Leave troops in Afghanistan because it’s such “a mess.”

112. Increase the U.S. military presence in the East and South China Seas.

The exterior of Camp Delta is seen at the U.S. Naval Base at Guantanamo Bay (Credit: PBS)
The exterior of Camp Delta is seen at the U.S. Naval Base at Guantanamo Bay (Credit: PBS)

113. Keep the military prison at Guantanamo Bay open.

114. Continue use of drone strikes but put a renewed emphasis on human intelligence in information gathering and utilize technology such as “3-D printing, artificial intelligence and cyberwarfare.”

115. Drop that “dirty, rotten traitor” Sgt. Bowe Bergdahl out of an airplane into desolate Afghanistan without a parachute. Trump has also suggested that Bergdahl be shot.

116. “I will not hesitate to deploy military force when there is no alternative. But if America fights, it must fight to win.”

CYBERSECURITY

117. Assemble a “cyber review team” of the best military, civilian and private sector cybersecurity experts to comprehensively review all systems and technology, starting with the most sensitive ones. The team will also remain current on new methods of attack and set up protocols for each agency and government officials.

118. Establish a training program for government employees to make certain they understand what defenses are available and utilize them. Punish those who violate classification rules, holding them responsible to the fullest extent of the law.

seal_of_the_united_states_cyber_command119. Solicit recommendations from the secretary of defense and Joint Chiefs of Staff for strengthening and augmenting the country’s Cyber Command.

120. Order the Department of Justice to create joint task forces to coordinate responses to cyberthreats. (The FBI already runs “cyber task forces” in each one of its 56 field offices.)

121. Develop better cyberweapons.

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By Shawn J., Founding Editor
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Posted December 3, 2016

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Presidential Promises #3 – Veterans and Foreign Affairs

In Donald Trump’s final days on the campaign trail, he promised his supporters that “every dream you ever dreamed for your country” will come true if he became President — one of dozens of sweeping promises he made and is now expected to fulfill

In January, Jenna Johnson of the Washington Post compiled a list of 76 campaign promises Trump had made. Since then, the list has grown to 282, collected from Trump’s speeches, public comments, tweets and campaign and transition websites.

Now, in a series of posts, we will lay out every single one of these promises. We want President-Elect Trump to succeed, and to stay on track with his very aggressive agenda as he does. We want to assist him where we can, and ensure our elected officials in Washington know that we expect them to do the same.

1-y6_hpa_unbavh2toabq7paOriginally published in The Washington Post. Jenna Johnson is a political reporter who covered Donald Trump during the 2016 presidential campaign. Follow @wpjenna


VETERANS’ AFFAIRS

va-logo. Appoint a Department of Veterans Affairs secretary whose “sole purpose will be to serve veterans.”

123. Dramatically reform the agency. Fire “the corrupt and incompetent” leaders and make it easier for the secretary to fire people. Trump promises to protect and promote “honest employees” who highlight wrongdoing. These employees will also receive bonuses.

124. Create a commission to investigate “all the fraud, cover-ups and wrongdoing that has taken place in the VA.” Present these findings to Congress to spur legislative reform.

125. Create a White House hotline that is active 24 hours a day and is answered by a real person who will handle veterans’ complaints of wrongdoing at the VA and “ensure no complaints fall through the cracks.”

126. Allow veterans to take their military identification card to any medical facility that accepts Medicaid patients to receive care. Veterans can also seek care “at a private service provider of their own choice.” Trump promises that: “Under a Trump administration, no veteran will die waiting for service. These days are over starting January 2017.”

127. Embed satellite VA clinics in rural hospitals and underserved areas, and ensure that every VA hospital is permanently staffed with obstetrics and gynecology doctors.

128. Increase funding for the treatment of post-traumatic stress disorder, traumatic brain injuries and mental health issues. Increase the number of mental health professionals.

129. Ensure that undocumented immigrants do not receive better health services than veterans.

130. Veterans who apply for a job at a VA facility will have five points added to their qualifying scores. For all jobs across the country, employers should consider veterans ahead of immigrants.

131. Invest more heavily in programs that help military veterans transition back to civilian life, including job training and placement services.

132. “Ensure our veterans get the care they need wherever and whenever they need it. No more long drives. No more waiting backlogs. No more excessive red tape.”

FOREIGN POLICY

trump-america-first“A Trump administration will never ever put the interest of a foreign country before the interest of our country. From now on, it’s going to be America first.”

134. Force other NATO countries to pay for more of their defense, and only come to the aid of other countries if those nations have “fulfilled their obligations to us.” In particular, Trump expects Germany, Japan, South Korea and Saudi Arabia to pay more for the security the United States provides.

135. Call a summit with NATO allies and a separate summit with Asian allies to discuss “a rebalancing of financial commitments” and adopting new strategies, such as upgrading “NATO’s outdated mission and structure.”

136. Get along with Russian President Vladimir Putin. “I hope that we get along great with Putin because it would be great to have Russia with a good relationship.” Trump would also look into lifting the sanctions imposed on Russia after its annexation of Crimea.

137. Communicate with North Korea’s Kim Jong Un about his nuclear program, which would mark a major shift in U.S. policy toward the isolated nation. “I would speak to him, I would have no problem speaking to him.”

138. Stay out of the Syrian civil war. Although Trump considers Syrian President Bashar al-Assad “bad,” he has said the United States has higher priorities. Around the world, Trump has said, he prefers stability over regime changes.

139. Reverse Obama’s executive orders and “concessions towards Cuba until freedoms are restored.” Trump has pledged to “demand political and religious freedom for the people of Cuba.”

140. “Stand with the oppressed people of Venezuela yearning to be free.”

141. Help Haiti and its “incredible people” rebuild their country.

Donald Trump and Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu met November 10 at Trump Tower. (Credit: Jerusalem Post)
Donald Trump and Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu met November 10 at Trump Tower. (Credit: Jerusalem Post)

142. Be a “true friend to Israel.” Trump says the United States will “be working with Israel very closely, very, very closely.”

143. Do not throw a lavish state dinner for Chinese President Xi Jinping, as Obama did last year, and instead buy Jinping a “double-size Big Mac” and tell him “we gotta get down to work.”

144. If not properly welcomed into a foreign country, turn around and leave.

145. “It is time to shake the rust off of America’s foreign policy. It’s time to invite new voices and new visions into the fold.” Trump wants to “establish a foreign policy that will endure for several generations.”

IRAN

146. Tear up the Iran deal and then “totally” renegotiate the whole thing.

147. Negotiate the release of all U.S. prisoners held in Iran before taking office. (Five Americans were released during the campaign, including Washington Post reporter Jason Rezaian; Trump has claimed some credit for this.)

148. Refuse to call Iran’s leader by his preferred title. “I’ll say, ‘Hey baby, how ya doing?’ I will never call him the supreme leader.”

149. “Iran cannot be allowed to have a nuclear weapon and, under a Trump administration, will never be allowed to have a nuclear weapon.”

CHINA

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Chinese Yuen bill

150. “We can’t continue to allow China to rape our country, and that’s what they’re doing.”

151. Direct the secretary of the treasury to label China a currency manipulator.

152. Instruct the U.S. trade representative to bring trade cases against China, both here and at the World Trade Organization. If necessary, apply tariffs against China consistent with Section 201 and 301 of the Trade Act of 1974 and Section 232 of the Trade Expansion Act of 1962.

153. Adopt a “zero tolerance policy” for Chinese hackers and those who steal American intellectual property and ideas.

154. Crack down on China’s “lax labor and environmental standards.”

FIGHTING THE ISLAMIC STATE

keep-calm-and-bomb-isis-to-hell155. Immediately ask the generals to present a plan within 30 days to defeat and destroy the Islamic State.

156. Frequently use the term “radical Islamic terrorism.”

157. Call an international conference focused on how to halt the spread of the “hateful ideology of Radical Islam. ”

158. Allow Russia to deal with the Islamic State in Syria and/or work with Putin to wipe out shared enemies.

159. Work with allies to cut off funding to the Islamic State, expand intelligence sharing and use cyberwarfare to disrupt and disable their propaganda and recruiting. Work closely with NATO and “our Arab allies and friends in the Middle East.” Partner with Israel, King Abdullah II of Jordan, and Egyptian President Abdel Fatah al-Sissi and “all others who recognize this ideology of death that must be extinguished.”

160. “Bomb the s — — out of ISIS” and “knock them out.” Also bomb oil fields controlled by the Islamic State, then seize the oil and give the profits to military veterans who were wounded while fighting.

161. Target and kill the relatives of suspected terrorists, a violation of international law.

162. Shut down parts of the Internet so that Islamic State terrorists cannot use it to recruit American children.

163. Bring back waterboarding, which is widely considered torture, and use interrogation techniques that are “a hell of a lot worse than waterboarding.” Even if such tactics don’t work, Trump says, suspected terrorists “deserve it anyway, for what they’re doing.” (Trump suggested after the election, however, that he was reconsidering his position because of a conversation with a general who opposed the tactic.)

164. Establish a Commission on Radical Islam that will include “reformist voices in the Muslim community” and will identify the warning signs of radicalization, educate the American public and develop protocol for police officers, federal investigators and immigration screeners.

(Crecit: JihadWatch.org)
(Crecit: JihadWatch.org)

165. Temporarily ban most foreign Muslims from entering the United States “until our country’s representatives can figure out what is going on.” Trump would allow exceptions for dignitaries, business people, athletes and others who have “proven” themselves. Although Trump’s aides, surrogates and running mate insist he no longer wants this so-called Muslim ban, Trump himself has yet to fully disavow the idea and it is still posted on his campaign website.

166. Temporarily suspend “immigration from some of the most dangerous and volatile regions of the world that have a history of exporting terrorism.” Order the Department of State, Homeland Security and the Department of Justice to develop a list of regions and countries to include. The list will likely include Syria and Libya.

167. Create an ideological screening test for all immigration applicants with the goal of keeping “radical Islamic terrorists the hell out of our country.” For example, immigrants from Iraq and Afghanistan would be asked for their views on honor killings and sharia law, along with their opinions of women, gays and minorities.

168. Heavily surveil mosques in the United States. Trump has said he would “strongly consider” closing some mosques.

169. Encourage Muslim communities to “cooperate with law enforcement and turn in the people who they know are bad — and they do know where they are.”

170. Deport those “who are guests in our country that are preaching hate.”

171. Aggressively investigate and charge anyone who lends material support to terrorism.

172. “Our administration will be a friend to all moderate Muslim reformers in the Middle East, and will amplify their voices. This includes speaking out against the horrible practice of honor killings.”

173. “If and when the Vatican is attacked by ISIS, which as everyone knows is ISIS’s ultimate trophy, I can promise you that the pope would have only wished and prayed that Donald Trump would have been president because this would not have happened.”

REFUGEES

Syrian refugees demonstrate at a 2015 Jordanian camp. (Credit: World Bank)
Syrian refugees demonstrate at a 2015 Jordanian camp. (Credit: World Bank)

174. Bar Syrian refugees from entering the country and kick out any who are already living here, as they might be “the ultimate Trojan horse.

175. Create a database of Syrian refugees. Trump has also seemed open to the idea of creating a database of Muslims in the country, although his aides say that is not true.

176. Set up safe zones in Syria and then force wealthy Persian Gulf nations such as Saudi Arabia to pick up the bill. “They’re gonna put up all the money. We’re not gonna put up money. We’re gonna lead it and we’ll do a great a job. But we’re gonna get the Gulf states to put up the money.”

177. Do not admit any refugees without the support of the local community where they will be placed.

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