Oct 29, 2021

This Article Was Banned On The Big News Media Networks

Obviously you don’t like President Donald Trump; just because he is not a career politician and because he is fighting, every day, the Democratic agenda of Socialism, Communism, Liberalism and draining the swamp of corrupt Democracy as propagated by Obama, Biden and Hillary Clinton. Question is stupid… but if you insist, the answer is: “ Donald Trump is a very strong minded man and is very effective as the President of the United States. United States is a Constitutional Republic and Trump is trying hard to keep it that way. He is fighting the battle to keep America Great, and fights everyday the weak minded lying cheating deceitful corrupt Democrats who are pushing their liberal, socialist and communist agenda. NO… no one is laughing at Donald Trump. On the contrary, the politicians in other countries are emulating what Trump does to make their own country a better place for its citizens. If every country took care of its citizens, the world would be a better place for everyone, don’t you think? Trump will be the President of United States for another 5/6 years… deal with it. He will change the American political landscape for ever… just watch it unfold. Trump is bold, brave and fearless… and is multiprocessing to do things that will restore American power (both military and financial) in the world. He is doing things that no other POTUS ever dare think of enacting over the last fifty years. It is sad and hilarious at the same time that timid, shallow and unimaginative people like you are more focused on Trump’s spelling skills and nitpicking on everything he says or does on a daily basis. Trump is changing the geopolitical landscape of the United States and its role as the most powerful nation in the world community… while taking care of it’s citizens first. Having said that; I suggest you read my comments above, item by item, as my response to your comments to expose the shallowness, the lies, doctored facts and fabrications in your comments blowing hot air up Obama stack. When I’m done, you probably blow up like an inflated egotistical balloon. Since Donald Trump announced he was running for president, he has been sliced, diced and scrutinized every which way by Trump haters, feeble supporters, corrupt politicians, fake and biased media and the lying cheating corrupt DemoRats propagating their socialist, liberal and communist agenda. I have followed Trump for over 30 years and here’s my list… take a look, and you decide for yourself: ACTS of Kindness · Trump gave sanctuary to Grammy Award winning singer Jennifer Hudson after three of her family members were murdered. · When airlines wouldn’t help to accommodate a boy who had serious medical issues, so Trump offered his jet to help. · Trump helped save a family’s working farm that was going into foreclosure. · After Sergeant Andrew Tahmooressi was released from Mexican prison, Trump sent him a check for twenty five thousand dollars to help get him on his feet. · Trump sent ten thousand dollars to Darnell Barton (a bus driver) for his humanitarian act, where he stopped the bus and reached out to help a woman to prevent an attempted suicide. After Trump became the President of the United States, his “altruistic” acts have become bigger (affecting hundreds of millions) and better (sustainable and with lasting impact). Here is an old list of what he has done for you, for me, for millions of Americans and for the human race: Trump Compelled Many Talented and Extraordinary People to Run for his Administration Economic Growth · 4.2 percent growth in the second quarter of 2018. · For the first time in more than a decade, growth is projected to exceed 3 percent over the calendar year. Jobs · Currently, there are 7.14 million job openings, the most ever in our history. More openings than people to fill them. · 4 million new jobs have been created since the election, and more than 3.5 million since Trump took office. · More Americans are employed now than ever before in our history. · Jobless claims at the lowest level in nearly five decades. · The economy has achieved the longest positive job-growth streak on record. · Job openings are at an all-time high and outnumber job seekers for the first time on record. · Unemployment claims at 50 year low · African-American, Hispanic, and Asian-American unemployment rates have all recently reached record lows. · African-American unemployment hit a record low of 5.9 percent in May 2018. · Hispanic unemployment at 4.5 percent. · Asian-American unemployment at a record low of 2 percent. · Women’s unemployment recently at the lowest rate in nearly 65 years. · Female unemployment dropped to 3.6 percent in May 2018, the lowest since October 1953. · Youth unemployment recently reached its lowest level in more than 50 years. · July 2018’s youth unemployment rate of 9.2 percent was the lowest since July 1966. · Veterans’ unemployment recently hit its lowest level in nearly two decades. · July 2018’s veterans’ unemployment rate of 3.0 percent matched the lowest rate since May 2001. · Unemployment rate for Americans without a high school diploma recently reached a record low. · The rate for disabled Americans recently hit a record low. · Blue-collar jobs recently grew at the fastest rate in more than three decades. · A poll found that 85 percent of blue-collar workers believe their lives are headed “in the right direction.” · 68 percent reported receiving a pay increase in the past year. · Last year, job satisfaction among American workers hit its highest level since 2005. · Nearly two-thirds of Americans rate now as a good time to find a quality job. · Optimism about the availability of good jobs has grown by 25 percent. · Added more than 400,000 manufacturing jobs since the election. · Manufacturing employment is growing at its fastest pace in more than two decades. · 100,000 new jobs supporting the production & transport of oil & natural gas. American Income · Median household income rose to $61,372 in 2017, a post-recession high. · Wages up in August at their fastest rate since June 2009. · Paychecks rose by 3.3 percent between 2016 and 2017, the most in a decade. · Council of Economic Advisers found that real wage compensation has grown by 1.4 percent over the past year. · Some 3.9 million Americans off food stamps since the election. · The median income for Hispanic-Americans rose by 3.7 percent and surpassed $50,000 for the first time ever in history. · Home-ownership among Hispanics is at the highest rate in nearly a decade. · Poverty rates for African-Americans and Hispanic-Americans have reached their lowest levels ever recorded. American Optimism · Small business optimism has hit historic highs. · NFIB’s small business optimism index broke a 35-year-old record in August. · SurveyMonkey/CNBC’s small business confidence survey for Q3 of 2018 matched its all-time high. Manufacturers are more confident than ever. · 95 percent of U.S. manufacturers are optimistic about the future, the highest ever. · Consumer confidence is at an 18-year high. · 12 percent of Americans rate the economy as the most significant problem facing our country, the lowest level on record. · Confidence in the economy is near a two-decade high, with 51 percent rating the economy as good or excellent. American Business · Investment is flooding back into the United States due to the tax cuts. · Over $450 billion dollars has already poured back into the U.S., including more than $300 billion in the first quarter of 2018. · Retail sales have surged. Commerce Department figures from August show that retail sales increased 0.5 percent in July 2018, an increase of 6.4 percent from July 2017. · ISM’s index of manufacturing scored its highest reading in 14 years. · Worker productivity is the highest it has been in more than three years. · Steel and aluminum producers are re-opening. · Dow Jones Industrial Average, S&P 500, and NASDAQ have all notched record highs. · Dow hit record highs 70 times in 2017 alone, the most ever recorded in one year. Deregulation · Achieved massive deregulation at a rapid pace, completing 22 deregulatory actions to every one regulatory action during his first year in office. · Signed legislation to roll back costly and harmful provisions of Dodd-Frank, providing relief to credit unions, and community and regional banks. · Federal agencies achieved more than $8 billion in lifetime net regulatory cost savings. · Rolled back Obama’s burdensome Waters of the U.S. rule. · Used the Congressional Review Act to repeal regulations more times than in history. Tax Cuts · Biggest tax cuts and reforms in American history by signing the Tax Cuts and Jobs act into law · Provided more than $5.5 trillion in gross tax cuts, nearly 60 percent of which will go to families. · Increased exemption for the death tax to help save Family Farms & Small Business. · Nearly doubled the standard deduction for individuals and families. · Enabled vast majority of American families will be able to file their taxes on a single page by claiming the standard deduction. · Doubled the child tax credit to help lessen the financial burden of raising a family. · Lowered America’s corporate tax rate from the highest in the developed world to allow American businesses to compete and win. · Small businesses can now deduct 20 percent of their business income. · Cut dozens of special interest tax breaks and closing loopholes for the wealthy. · 9 in 10 American workers are expected to see an increase in their paychecks thanks to the tax cuts, according to the Treasury Department. · More than 6 million American workers have received wage increases, bonuses, and increased benefits thanks to tax cuts. · Over 100 utility companies have lowered electric, gas, or water rates thanks to the Tax Cuts and Jobs Act. · Ernst & Young found 89 percent of companies planned to increase worker compensation thanks to the Trump tax cuts. · Established opportunity zones to spur investment in left behind communities. Worker Development · Established a National Council for the American Worker to develop a national strategy for training and retraining America’s workers for high-demand industries. · Employers have signed Trump’s “Pledge to America’s Workers,” committing to train or retrain more than 4.2 million workers and students. · Signed the first Perkins CTE reauthorization since 2006, authorizing more than $1 billion for states each year to fund vocational and career education programs. · Executive order expanding apprenticeship opportunities for students and workers. Domestic Infrastructure · Proposed infrastructure plan would utilize $200 billion in Federal funds to spur at least $1.5 trillion in infrastructure investment across the country. · Executive order expediting environmental reviews and approvals for high priority infrastructure projects. · Federal agencies have signed the One Federal Decision Memorandum of Understanding (MOU) streamlining the federal permitting process for infrastructure projects. · Rural prosperity task force and signed an executive order to help expand broadband access in rural areas. Health Care · Signed an executive order to help minimize the financial burden felt by American households Signed legislation to improve the National Suicide Hotline. · Signed the most comprehensive childhood cancer legislation ever into law, which will advance childhood cancer research and improve treatments. · Signed Right-to-Try legislation, expanding health care options for terminally ill patients. · Enacted changes to the Medicare 340B program, saving seniors an estimated $320 million on drugs in 2018 alone. · FDA set a new record for generic drug approvals in 2017, saving consumers nearly $9 billion. · Released a blueprint to drive down drug prices for American patients, leading multiple major drug companies to announce they will freeze or reverse price increases. · Expanded short-term, limited-duration health plans. · Let more employers form Association Health Plans, enabling more small businesses to join together and affordably provide health insurance to their employees. · Cut Obamacare’s burdensome individual mandate penalty. · Signed legislation repealing Obamacare’s Independent Payment Advisory Board, also known as the “death panels.” · USDA invested more than $1 billion in rural health care in 2017, improving access to health care for 2.5 million people in rural communities across 41 states · Proposed Title X rule to help ensure taxpayers do not fund the abortion industry in violation of the law. · Reinstated and expanded the Mexico City Policy to keep foreign aid from supporting the global abortion industry. · HHS formed a new division over protecting the rights of conscience and religious freedom. · Overturned Obama administration’s midnight regulation prohibiting states from defunding certain abortion facilities. · Signed executive order to help ensure that religious organizations are not forced to choose between violating their religious beliefs by complying with Obamacare’s contraceptive mandate or shutting their doors. Combating Opioids · Chaired meeting the 73rd General Session of the United Nations discussing the worldwide drug problem with international leaders. · Initiative to Stop Opioid Abuse and Reduce Drug Supply and Demand, introducing new measures to keep dangerous drugs out of our communities. · $6 billion in new funding to fight the opioid epidemic. · DEA conducted a surge in April 2018 that arrested 28 medical professions and revoked 147 registrations for prescribing too many opioids. · Brought the “Prescribed to Death” memorial to President’s Park near the White House, helping raise awareness about the human toll of the opioid crisis. · Helped reduce high-dose opioid prescriptions by 16 percent in 2017. · Opioid Summit on the administration-wide efforts to combat the opioid crisis. · Launched a national public awareness campaign about the dangers of opioid addiction. · Created a Commission on Combating Drug Addiction and the Opioid Crisis which recommended a number of pathways to tackle the opioid crisis. · Led two National Prescription Drug Take-Back Days in 2017 and 2018, collecting a record number of expired and unneeded prescription drugs each time. · $485 million targeted grants in FY 2017 to help areas hit hardest by the opioid crisis. · Signed INTERDICT Act, strengthening efforts to detect and intercept synthetic opioids before they reach our communities. · DOJ secured its first-ever indictments against Chinese fentanyl manufacturers. · Joint Criminal Opioid Darknet Enforcement (J-CODE) team, aimed at disrupting online illicit opioid sales. · Declared the opioid crisis a Nationwide Public Health Emergency in October 2017. Law and Order · More U.S. Circuit Court judges confirmed in the first year in office than ever. · Confirmed more than two dozen U. S. Circuit Court judges. · Followed through on the promise to nominate judges to the Supreme Court who will adhere to the Constitution · Nominated and confirmed Justice Neil Gorsuch and Brett Kavanaugh to the Supreme Court. · Signed an executive order directing the Attorney General to develop a strategy to more effectively prosecute people who commit crimes against law enforcement officers. · Launched an evaluation of grant programs to make sure they prioritize the protection and safety of law enforcement officers. · Established a task force to reduce crime and restore public safety in communities across Signed an executive order to focus more federal resources on dismantling transnational criminal organizations such as drug cartels. · Signed an executive order to focus more federal resources on dismantling transnational criminal organizations such as drug cartels. · Violent crime decreased in 2017 according to FBI statistics. · $137 million in grants through the COPS Hiring Program to preserve jobs, increase community policing capacities, and support crime prevention efforts. · Enhanced and updated the Project Safe Neighborhoods to help reduce violent crime. · Signed legislation making it easier to target websites that enable sex trafficking and strengthened penalties for people who promote or facilitate prostitution. · Created an interagency task force working around the clock to prosecute traffickers, protect victims, and prevent human trafficking. · Conducted Operation Cross Country XI to combat human trafficking, rescuing 84 children and arresting 120 human traffickers. · Encouraged federal prosecutors to use the death penalty when possible in the fight against the trafficking of deadly drugs. · New rule effectively banning bump stock sales in the United States. Border Security and Immigration · Secured $1.6 billion for border wall construction in the March 2018 omnibus bill. · Construction of a 14-mile section of border wall began near San Diego. · Worked to protect American communities from the threat posed by the vile MS-13 gang. · ICE’s Homeland Security Investigations division arrested 796 MS-13 members and associates in FY 2017, an 83 percent increase from the prior year. · Justice worked with partners in Central America to secure criminal charges against more than 4,000 MS-13 members. · Border Patrol agents arrested 228 illegal aliens affiliated with MS-13 in FY 2017. Fighting to stop the scourge of illegal drugs at our border · ICE HSI seized more than 980,000 pounds of narcotics in FY 2017, including 2,370 pounds of fentanyl and 6,967 pounds of heroin. · ICE HSI dedicated nearly 630,000 investigative hours towards halting the illegal import of fentanyl. · ICE HSI made 11,691 narcotics-related arrests in FY 2017. · Stop Opioid Abuse and Reduce Drug Supply and Demand introduced new measures to keep dangerous drugs out the United States. · Signed the INTERDICT Act into law, enhancing efforts to detect and intercept synthetic opioids. · DOJ secured its first-ever indictments against Chinese fentanyl manufacturers. · DOJ launched their Joint Criminal Opioid Darknet Enforcement (J-CODE) team, aimed at disrupting online illicit opioid sales. · Released an immigration framework that includes the resources required to secure our borders and close legal loopholes, and repeatedly called on Congress to fix our broken immigration laws. · Authorized the deployment of the National Guard to help secure the border. · Enhanced vetting of individuals entering the U.S. from countries that don’t meet security standards, helping to ensure individuals who pose a threat to our country are identified before they enter. · These procedures were upheld in a June 2018 Supreme Court hearing. · ICE removed over 226,000 illegal aliens from the United States in 2017. · ICE rescued or identified over 500 human trafficking victims and over 900 child exploitation victims in 2017 alone. · In 2017, ICE Enforcement and Removal Operations (ERO) arrested more than 127,000 aliens with criminal convictions or charges, responsible for · Over 76,000 with dangerous drug offenses. · More than 48,000 with assault offenses. · More than 11,000 with weapons offenses. · More than 5,000 with sexual assault offenses. · More than 2,000 with kidnapping offenses. · Over 1,800 with homicide offenses. · Created the Victims of Immigration Crime Engagement (VOICE) Office in order to support the victims and families affected by illegal alien crime. · More than doubled the number of counties participating in the 287(g) program, which allows jails to detain criminal aliens until they are transferred to ICE custody. Trade · Negotiating and renegotiating better trade deals, achieving free, fair, and reciprocal trade for the United States. · Agreed to work with the European Union towards zero tariffs, zero non-tariff barriers, and zero subsidies. · Deal with the European Union to increase U.S. energy exports to Europe. · Litigated multiple WTO disputes targeting unfair trade practices and upholding our right to enact fair trade laws. · Finalized a revised trade agreement with South Korea, which includes provisions to increase American automobile exports. · Negotiated a historic U.S.-Mexico-Canada Trade Agreement to replace NAFTA. · Agreement to begin trade negotiations for a U.S.-Japan trade agreement. · Secured $250 billion in new trade and investment deals in China and $12 billion in Vietnam. · Established a Trade and Investment Working Group with the United Kingdom, laying the groundwork for post-Brexit trade. · Enacted steel and aluminum tariffs to protect our vital steel and aluminum producers and strengthen our national security. · Conducted 82 anti-dumping and countervailing duty investigations in 2017 alone. · Confronting China’s unfair trade practices after years of Washington looking the other way. · 25 percent tariff on $50 billion of goods imported from China and later imposed an additional 10% tariff on $200 billion of Chinese goods. · Conducted an investigation into Chinese forced technology transfers, unfair licensing practices, and intellectual property theft. · Imposed safeguard tariffs to protect domestic washing machines and solar products manufacturers hurt by China’s trade policies · Withdrew from the job-killing Trans-Pacific Partnership (TPP). · Secured access to new markets for America’s farmers. · The recent deal with Mexico included new improvements enabling food and agriculture to trade more fairly. · The recent agreement with the E.U. will reduce barriers and increase trade of American soybeans to Europe. · Won a WTO dispute regarding Indonesia’s unfair restriction of U.S. agricultural exports. · Defended American Tuna fisherman and packagers before the WTO · Opened up Argentina to American pork exports for the first time in a quarter-century · American beef exports have returned to China for the first time in more than a decade · OK’d up to $12 billion in aid for farmers affected by unfair trade retaliation. Energy · Presidential Memorandum to clear roadblocks to construction of the Keystone XL Pipeline. · Presidential Memorandum declaring that the Dakota Access Pipeline serves the national interest and initiating the process to complete construction. · Opened up the Alaska National Wildlife Refuge to energy exploration. · Coal exports up over 60 percent in 2017. · Rolled back the “stream protection rule” to prevent it from harming America’s coal industry. · Canceled Obama’s anti-coal Clean Power Plan and proposed the Affordable Clean Energy Rule as a replacement. · Withdrew from the job-killing Paris climate agreement, which would have cost the U.S. nearly $3 trillion and led to 6.5 million fewer industrial sector jobs by 2040. · U.S. oil production has achieved its highest level in American history · The United States is now the largest crude oil producer in the world. · The U.S. has become a net natural gas exporter for the first time in six decades. · Action to expedite the identification and extraction of critical minerals that are vital to the nation’s security and economic prosperity. · Took action to reform National Ambient Air Quality Standards, benefitting American manufacturers. · Rescinded Obama’s hydraulic fracturing rule, which was expected to cost the industry $32 million per year. · Proposed an expansion of offshore drilling as part of an all-of-the-above energy strategy · Held a lease sale for offshore oil and gas leases in the Gulf of Mexico in August 2018. · Got EU to increase its imports of liquefied natural gas (LNG) from the United States. · Issued permits for the New Burgos Pipeline that will cross the U.S.-Mexico border. Foreign Policy · Moved the U.S. Embassy in Israel to Jerusalem. · Withdrew from Iran deal and immediately began the process of re-imposing sanctions that had been lifted or waived. · Treasury has issued sanctions targeting Iranian activities and entities, including the Islamic Revolutionary Guard Corps-Qods Force · Since enacting sanctions, Iran’s crude exports have fallen off, the value of Iran’s currency has plummeted, and international companies have pulled out of the country. · All nuclear-related sanctions will be back in full force by early November 2018. · Historic summit with North Korean President Kim Jong-Un, bringing beginnings of peace and denuclearization to the Korean Peninsula. · The two leaders have exchanged letters and high-level officials from both sides have met resulting in tremendous progress. · North Korea has halted nuclear and missile tests. · Negotiated the return of the remains of missing-in-action soldiers from the Korean War. · Imposed strong sanctions on Venezuelan dictator Nicholas Maduro and his inner circle. · An executive order preventing those in the U.S. from carrying out certain transactions with the Venezuelan regime, including prohibiting the purchase of the regime’s debt. · Responded to the use of chemical weapons by the Syrian regime. · Rolled out sanctions targeting individuals and entities tied to Syria’s chemical weapons program. · Directed strikes in April 2017 against a Syrian airfield used in a chemical weapons attack on innocent civilians. · Joined allies in launching airstrikes in April 2018 against targets associated with Syria’s chemical weapons use. · New Cuba policy that enhanced compliance with U.S. law and held the Cuban regime accountable for political oppression and human rights abuses. · Treasury and State are working to channel economic activity away from the Cuban regime, particularly the military. · Changed the rules of engagement, empowering commanders to take the fight to ISIS. · ISIS has lost virtually all of its territory, more than half of which has been lost under Trump. · ISIS’ self-proclaimed capital city, Raqqah, was liberated in October 2017. · All Iraqi territory had been liberated from ISIS. · More than a dozen American hostages have been freed from captivity all of the world. · Action to combat Russia’s malign activities, including their efforts to undermine the sanctity of United States elections. · Expelled dozens of Russian intelligence officers from the United States and ordered the closure of the Russian consulate in Seattle, WA. · Banned the use of Kaspersky Labs software on government computers, due to the company’s ties to Russian intelligence. · Imposed sanctions against five Russian entities and three individuals for enabling Russia’s military and intelligence units to increase Russia’s offensive cyber capabilities. · Sanctions against seven Russian oligarchs, and 12 companies they own or control, who profit from Russia’s destabilizing activities. · Sanctioned 100 targets in response to Russia’s occupation of Crimea and aggression in Eastern Ukraine. · Enhanced support for Ukraine’s Armed Forces to help Ukraine better defend itself. · Helped win U.S. bid for the 2028 Summer Olympics in Los Angeles. · Helped win U.S.-Mexico-Canada’s united bid for 2026 World Cup. Defense · Executive order keeping the detention facilities at U.S. Naval Station Guantanamo Bay open. · $700 billion in military funding for FY 2018 and $716 billion for FY 2019. · Largest military pay raise in nearly a decade. · Ordered a Nuclear Posture Review to ensure America’s nuclear forces are up to date and serve as a credible deterrent. · Released America’s first fully articulated cyber strategy in 15 years. · A new strategy on national bio-defense, which better prepares the nation to defend against biological threats. · The administration has announced that it will use whatever means necessary to protect American citizens and servicemen from unjust prosecution by the International Criminal Court. · Released an America first National Security Strategy. · Put in motion the launch of a Space Force as a new branch of the military and re-launched the National Space Council. · Encouraged the North Atlantic Treaty Organization (NATO) allies to increase defense spending to their agreed-upon levels. · In 2017 alone, there was an increase of more than 4.8 percent in defense spending amongst NATO allies. · Every member state has increased defense spending. · Eight NATO allies will reach the 2 percent benchmark by the end of 2018 and 15 allies are on trade to do so by 2024. · NATO allies spent over $42 billion dollars more on defense since 2016. · Executive order to help military spouses find employment as their families deploy domestically and abroad. Veterans Affairs · Signed the VA Accountability Act and expanded VA telehealth services, walk-in-clinics, and same-day urgent primary and mental health care. · Delivered more appeals decisions – 81,000 – to veterans in a single year than ever before. · Strengthened protections for individuals who come forward and identify programs occurring within the VA. · Signed legislation that provided $86.5 billion in funding for the Department of Veterans Affairs (VA), the largest dollar amount in history for the VA. · VA MISSION Act, enacting sweeping reform to the VA system that: · Consolidated and strengthened VA community care programs. · Funding for the Veterans Choice program. · Expanded eligibility for the Family Caregivers Program. · Gave veterans more access to walk-in care. · Strengthened the VA’s ability to recruit and retain quality healthcare professionals. · Enabled the VA to modernize+ its assets and infrastructure. · Signed the VA Choice and Quality Employment Act in 2017, which authorized $2.1 billion in additional funds for the Veterans Choice Program. · Worked to shift veterans’ electronic medical records to the same system used by the Department of Defense, a decades-old priority. · Issued an executive order requiring the Secretaries of Defense, Homeland Security, and Veterans Affairs to submit a joint plan to provide veterans access to access to mental health treatment as they transition to civilian life. · Increased transparency and accountability at the VA by launching an online “Access and Quality Tool,” providing veterans with access to wait time and quality of care data. · Signed legislation to modernize the claims and appeal process at the VA. · Harry W. Colmery Veterans Educational Assistance Act, providing enhanced educational benefits to veterans, service members, and their family members. · Lifted a 15-year limit on veterans’ access to their educational benefits. · Created a White House VA Hotline to help veterans and principally staffed it with veterans and direct family members of veterans. · VA employees are being held accountable for poor performance, with more than 4,000 VA employees removed, demoted, and suspended so far. · Signed the Veterans Treatment Court Improvement Act, increasing the number of VA employees that can assist justice-involved veterans. I have watched Trump for over 30 years… and find him an effective and persuasive speaker and a leader. Thousands of people go to Trump rallies and speeches because these gatherings are informative, inspiring and entertaining. Trump is what America need to drain the swamp in Washington… and restore America’s financial and military power globally. Deal with it…

Oct 28, 2021

The DC Police Were Warned About Jan. 6 As Early As 2020, Documents Reveal

WASHINGTON, D.C. — u. s. Park Police were warned as early as Dec. 2020 that there was potential for an uprising at the Capitol on Jan. 6, and also the Federal Bureau of Investigations (FBI) was monitoring demonstrations leading up to the riots, newly released court documents have revealed. The documents were released in response to a lawsuit filed by Judicial Watch in May, after U.S. Park Police previously denied a Freedom of knowledge Act (FOIA) request in March for all records associated with the Jan. 6 insurrection. In the days leading up to the attack, the department reportedly knew that the Jan. 6 event “would not be like all of the previous protests held in 2020,” and were aware that supremacist and armed militia groups were visiting cause a “strong potential for violence,” consistent with a Jan. 26 statement by Acting officer Yoganda D. Pittman. The Jan. 4 arrest of Proud Boys leader Enrique Tarrio drew concern from officials, primarily because Tarrio allegedly “kept the more violent factions of the Proud Boys ‘under control’ during recent demonstrations within the District,” in keeping with notes from a Jan. 5 Park Police Daily Operational Snapshot. Officials described the chance of violence “likely” if opposing groups came into physical contact with one another, but dismissed the notion of any “pre-planned acts of violence by a particular individual(s) or groups,” in step with the document. The purpose of the Jan. 6 rally was described partly as being “to protest election integrity,” in keeping with a Jan. 5 incident briefing obtained by Judicial Watch. The FBI and knowledge Operations Center (IOC) was tracking multiple events, including the liberty Rally, Wild Protest, Jericho March and Save America Rally, in step with a Jan. 6 situation report. “This group has significant potential to draw in counter-protesters, like events in November and December 2020. Multiple acts of violence have occurred within the downtown Washington, DC area during and after similar events hosted by the identical organizer,” the report reads. The FBI forwarded the report back to Park Police Capt. Michael Libby, who told colleagues that there have been approximately “200+ Proud Boys” on Capitol grounds which the police were “monitoring the groups’ movements through town,” in keeping with the report. Capitol Police reportedly deployed all available personnel and activated its SWAT team to arrange for the attack, but when USCP Chief of Police Steven Sund requested the territorial reserve and urged declaring a state of emergency, the Capitol Police Board denied the request. During the riots, 1,200 Capitol Police personnel were on the grounds, but lacked adequate crowd-control equipment and clear direction from leadership to quell the “tens of thousands of insurrectionists,” per Pittman. (RELATED: Capitol Police Apologize For Failures During Capitol Riot) “The Department prepared so as to fulfill these challenges, but we didn't do enough,” she said in a very statement. The newly released records show that D.C. police were made cognizant of the potential for violence on Jan. 6 as early as Dec. 2020. Officials broke up a fight involving members of the Proud Boys, a supremacist group, on Dec. 12, 2020 during a 2000-person rally on the monument grounds, in keeping with matters report. A MPD Homeland Security Bureau official told Capitol Police and Park Police colleagues in an exceedingly Dec. 19 email that he “hoped” that an announcement about an upcoming pro-Trump rally on Jan. 6 was a “hoax.” A Lieutenant of the MPD Special Operations Branch messaged colleagues on Dec. 22, “Well, here we get back. i'm sure you're conscious of the primary Amendment demonstrations to occur again on Wednesday, Jan. 6, 2021; hopefully it'll not be as big because the November 14th or December 12, 2020 weekend.” Park Police expressed concern that “individuals may display aggressive and desperate behavior as they interpret 6 January as their final opportunity to act on their grievances,” in a Dec. 28 executive brief. “We are aware that several members of the far-right group ‘Proud Boys’ plan on being in Washington on this date.” The report referenced the Dec. 25 Nashville, TN, bombing as a “vivid reminder on the despair and therefore the dedication to act that exists from alittle minority of individuals” regarding political outcomes, per the document. At the time of the report’s release, the motive of the attack was unknown, but the document stated that there have been social media posts conspiring that “election data stored at the AT&T building was targeted by the bomber.” The FBI concluded in their investigation of the incident that the bomber, Anthony Quinn Warner, suffered from psychological issues and was a longtime conspiracy theorist, but had no “broader ideological motive to use violence to give birth to social or political change.” “These previously hidden documents show that federal enforcement was both closely monitoring the primary Amendment-protected activities of american citizens and had lots of warning there would be an enormous crowd at the US Capitol on Three Kings' Day,” A.K.A The Jan. 6 insurrection.

The COVID-19 Vaccine Countdown! Is In Effect

Experts say that while the novel Coronavirus that hit planet earth in December 2019 created an unprecedented crisis for humankind the response to that by researchers, medical scientists and pharmaceutical companies in trying to find a vaccine is additionally unprecedented. Under normal circumstances the method of discovering, testing and producing a vaccine takes from 5 years to 10 years due to the high failure rate related to it. Therefore, the probability of getting an efficient COVID-19 vaccine within a year of the pandemic invasion is incredible news that speaks volumes about the non-stop efforts, dedication, round-the-clock supervision, utilization of special funds and global coordination put into it. As per the planet Health Organization, at the present there are nearly 200 vaccine candidates out of which 44 are in various stages of human clinical trials, and some are near to be approved by the regulators. this may indeed be another crowing glory of the human quest should a secure and effective vaccine be really found and readied for public use within the coming months or perhaps within the coming weeks. China had been the primary casualty of the pandemic, and thus the Chinese researchers went all out for a vaccine. Their vaccine, called CoronaVac, was of course approved for emergency use within the country in August 2020 itself, of course, without completing the Phase-3 clinical trials. Phase-2 human trial results showed that the vaccine produced antibodies that might neutralize 10 strains of the SARS-CoV-2 virus with none severe adverse reactions. This vaccine can be out for distribution anytime. Russia became the primary country to register a COVID-19 vaccine, Sputnik V, in August 2020 approving it for general use within the country, of course, without completing Phase-3 human trials. it's already claimed 92% efficacy, revised to 95% now. and also the final trials are occurring in several countries, Russia says the vaccine is being exported, including India. Another major vaccine being jointly developed and tested by the US pharmaceutical giant Pfizer and Germany's BioNTech is within the final clinical trials and it's claimed 95% efficacy supported interim data. The firms are likely to use for emergency use authorization from the US regulators in mid-December 2020, and therefore the vaccine might be get into the markets later next month subject to approval. Moderna, a vaccine by the US Pharma, is additionally within the final stages, and it's already claimed that it's 94.5% effective supported interim data. it's likely to use for emergency use authorization some days later than Pfizer-BioNTech. AstraZeneca, a vaccine developed by the Oxford University and co-developed by the Serum Institute of India (SII), has shown a mean efficacy rate of 70% for Phase-3 trials with the likelihood of this mounting to 90%. The vaccine has been proved to trigger an response all told age-groups, particularly and more significantly within the elderly group of below and above 70 years old. The SII-developed vaccine Covishield is already priced at around USD 13 (1000 Rupees) per two doses, and also the SII has been within the process of producing 100 million doses within this year. Janssen, the pharmaceutical wing of Johnson and Johnson, is additionally developing a vaccine that's within the final human trials phase after a stoppage in October 2020 because of an illness in one among the participants. With both singe-dose and two-dose regimens the ultimate trials of the vaccine are being conducted worldwide with participants up to 60,000, and interim data shows that the vaccine induced a sturdy immune reaction and had been well tolerated. Covaxin, a vaccine being developed by Bharat Biotech in India together with the Indian Council of Medical Research (ICMR), is additionally within the final phase clinical trials with the corporate saying that they expect a minimum of a 60% efficacy rate in preventing the Coronavirus infection. Although the ICMR was hopeful of launching the vaccine by February 2021, Bharat Biotech sets a more practical launch date sometime in mid-2021. Normally, a regulator approves a vaccine if it's found to be a minimum of 50% safe and effective, and so, there shouldn't be any difficulty for of these final-stage vaccines to induce the authorization or approval. However, experts the globe over insist that Phase-3 trial results don't necessarily indicate a secure and effective vaccine, because it's unacceptable for a vaccine to account for all types of induced side-effects across humanity whatever be the scale of its volunteers. they are saying that it's critical to watch the protection and efficacy of a vaccine even long after its roll-out, and there is no certainty, for even years. Prices and storage requirements of the rolled-out vaccines are among other concerns. Pfizer-BioNTech and Moderna are highly priced at USD 70 and USD 39 for the specified two doses respectively. Besides, Pfizer-BioNTech requires storage at minus 70 C while Moderna requires -19 C. Both of those factors make these vaccines difficult to get for the poor and developing countries. Hopefully, AstraZeneca, and its Indian counterpart Covishield, would be cheaper and it's been confirmed that it are often preserved in normal fridge temperatures. Sputnik V is additionally likely to be available at much lower prices, and Russians researchers are engaged in testing a process of turning liquid Sputnik V into a dried white mass which will be stored at normal fridge temperatures of and administered. This method is being termed as freeze-dried doses. Willingness of the citizens across the world to travel for COVID-19 vaccination is another factor to be considered. At the instant the figures reveal low levels of willingness. However, once a vaccine is proved to be safe and effective the willingness is guaranteed to improve. Besides, the people within the medical and essential service sectors are always the priorities. With the second wave of the pandemic gripping several countries of the planet we've no option but to hope for the simplest, that one amongst the vaccines that may arrive eventually.

The Execs and Cons of Stimulus Applications to Revive a Slowing Economic system

Every time a recession looms or the economy starts to slow down, the government seeks to restore the economy through different stimulus plans. The recession of 2008 was one such case. When the mortgage crunch hit the economy, causing widespread panic with the sudden financial plunge, the government took immediate measure to stimulate the economy back to norm and to restore confidence in the economic market. President Bush signed the Economic Stimulus Act of 2008 that awarded low and middle income earning taxpayers with a stimulus rebate check of $300.00 for qualifying children and $600.00 for adults. Any qualifying taxpayer who did not receive the stimulus check was allowed to offset the stimulus amount against any outstanding tax liabilities. The intent of the stimulus check was to induce spending into the economy in a hope of reviving it. Since the low and middle class income earners were expected to spend such funds received on goods and services, economists projected that they were the best bet to jump start a stalled economy. Increased spending would mean increase in demand, which would bring growth to manufacturing and create jobs by extension. However, the expected impact of the stimulus checks did not result in significant economic growth but instead, produced a $165.9 billion government deficit. There were mixed reactions and proposals as to how to resolve the new crisis that had been created (the problem of the resulting deficit). The economy was slowing down again and the government had to take action again and fast. Ben Bernanke, the Chairman of the Federal Reserve advised that a second stimulus plan could be appropriate to keep the economy in momentum. However, lawmakers were divided on the stimulus plan with others suggested tax cuts instead. Eventually, there was no second stimulus check in 2008, as anticipated by many. When the Obama Administration took over the White House, they set out various stimulus programs under the American Recovery and Reinvestment Act (ARRA) of 2009. Under the stimulus package, the recipients of the stimulus checks were retired citizens and disabled persons, who received $250.00. Besides the rebate checks to these qualifying group of people, the ARRA opted for tax breaks for the rest of the taxpayers. The Making Work Pay Tax Credit was extended to low and middle income earners. Qualifying individuals received a credit of $400.00 and married couples that filed jointly received a credit of $800.00. The credit that was set to last through 2009 and 2010 lapsed and was replaced by the 2010 Payroll Tax Credit. Under the Payroll Tax Credit, Social Security tax was reduced from 6.2% to 4.2% with a cap of $106,800.00. Besides the introduction of the Payroll Tax Credit, Congress decided to extend the Bush tax cuts that were set to lapse in 2010 for two more years (until 2012). However, in May 2011, a report on jobs and unemployment showed that economic progress was not approaching as expected. Recent reports also indicate that the manufacturing sector is declining and the May 2011 Federal Reserve Report also gives discouraging numbers. There are high expectations for the government to come up with extra stimulus packages, including another stimulus check distribution plan, to try and revive the economy further. However, the anticipation of a stimulus package is now challenged by the government deficit. For now, economists, tax experts, and the public at large can only wait and see what remedy the government will put in place to try and resolve the situation. Source by Jerry Sereno #Pros #Cons #Stimulus #Packages #Revive #Slowing #Economy

The $4 Trillion Buck Thought That Creates No Debt and Can pay All American citizens to Pull In combination!

On average the American economy grows at the rate of $4 trillion dollars annually. That translates into about $12,000 for every man, woman, and child in America. But generally speaking, the beneficiaries of this annual growth are limited to people who can afford to buy the stocks, bonds, real estate, and technological developments that account for this growth. 90% Lack the Opportunity More specifically we're talking about less than 10% of Americans who have the means to take advantage of this relatively predictable growth, and 90% who lack the opportunity to participate. Thus, we now have a 21st-century wealth gap that is wider and more toxic than any time since the stock market crash of 1929 and the Great Depression which followed in its wake. To make matters worse, this was the case long before the current pandemic oriented economic crisis raised its ugly head. In response to millions of workers losing their jobs and healthcare due to the virus, the Federal government increased unemployment benefits for several months and issued so-called “stimulus checks ($1,200)” to millions of people in an effort to artificially jump-start demand and to prevent the ship of state from sinking into oblivion. Unpalatable But Necessary Steps In taking these unpalatable but necessary steps the government has significantly increased the already massive debt load, which means it's a short-term not a long-term solution. The hope of course is to artificially resuscitate demand, which in turn should recreate jobs and get we the people back to work and lead us all back to where we were before the virus struck. The problem is that, even before the virus struck, we the people were not in a very good place. Even before the virus erupted over half of all Americans were living paycheck to paycheck, unable to afford a $500 bump in the road without having to borrow money in order to pay for it. Things are dramatically worse than they were several months ago before the virus. But the place we were is still not the place to which we the people are longing to return. So, what can we do? The $4 Trillion Dollar Idea That Creates No Debt! In that light let's recall that on average, the American economy grows at the rate of $4 trillion dollars annually. Once again, that translates into about $12,000 annually for every man, woman, and child in America. But the beneficiaries of this annual growth are those who can afford to buy stocks, bonds real estate, and new technology. This generally excludes “we the people.” The question I want to raise here is, how can we give the average American citizen systematic access to the ownership side of the economy? How can the average Joe gain access to that $4 trillion dollars-worth of predictable growth in order to generate a second stream of investment income, while eliminating the fear and instability that so many Americans suffer from in today's incredibly imbalanced economy? Paying “We the People” to Pull Together… Consider this. What if the Federal Reserve, through local banks issued $12,000 of INSURED CAPITAL CREDIT to every American citizen annually, along with a stipulation that these funds could only be used to purchase shares of new and transferred capital assets that were predicted to generate enough future profits to pay for these assets? It would cost American taxpayers NOTHING. It creates no government debt! And no consumer debt! And, rather than government debt-backed currency, our money would be backed by real, productive, private-sector assets And it won't be inflationary. All money created would instantly be backed by the full value of private sector assets that citizens would receive insured loans in order to purchase. Citizens would actually be purchasing newly issued, full dividend payout, voting shares of companies that need new capital assets in order to grow. What this would do however, is give every American citizen equal access to the ownership side of the American economy. It will help democratize the free market. In this moment of political division and strife it literally pays all Americans to pull together, at the same time, in the same direction, towards the same goals! It translates mere political talk (such as… we're all in this together) into real live, results-driven action! It Systematically Counteracts Concentrated Wealth! Over time, each American citizen will accumulate more and more equity (instead of debt) and benefit from his or her investment income in a way that only the wealthy can today. As a result, the need for federally backed social safety net programs (i.e. social security, Medicare, Medicaid, food stamps) will gradually fade away. More people will be able to pay taxes, which in turn decreases the load on those among us who actually still pay taxes. It systematically counteracts/impedes concentrated wealth and it democratizes America's free-market economy! Today's Crisis Wouldn't Be a Crisis If the Obama administration had implemented Capital Homesteading in the wake of the 2008 meltdown today's COVOD 19/Unemployment crisis would not be a crisis. We the people could afford to stay at home and still have sufficient income to weather a much less severe storm. Trump has the same opportunity today. Let's see if he really wants to make America great again. Capital Homesteading In Detail I confess this commentary has been a generalized portrait in dire need of more detail. So, for a full and detailed explanation of how this strategy could be implemented, go to CESJ.ORG and check out the concept that Dr. Norman Kurland calls the CAPITAL HOMESTEADING ACT. It's an ingenious idea whose time is long overdue. And it's one very good thing that could actually come to fruition as the result of this horrific COVID 19 crisis. Addendum… UBI vs. Capital Homesteading Comparison Stimulus checks are effectively a short-term form of Universal Basic Income (UBI), an idea which has been advocated by among others, former presidential hopeful and serial entrepreneur Andrew Yang, as well as Mark Zuckerberg of Facebook, and Elon Musk of Tesla. Although the suggested annual amount of money issued ($12,000 annually) is the same as Capital Homesteading, that's where the similarity ends. Check out the differences. 1. Since it issues insured capital credit loans that are paid back via pre-tax future earnings, and can only be used to buy wealth-producing capital assets, Capital Homesteading creates NO GOVERNMENT DEBT and NO CONSUMER DEBT! UBI and stimulus checks create government debt that will eventually be paid back by we the people (not the 1% who are spectacular at avoiding taxes) in the form of higher taxes. 2. Capital Homesteading systematically creates universal capital ownership opportunity and access to the means of acquiring productive capital. UBI does not. 3. Capital Homesteading systematically finances predictable and sustainable growth of the economy. UBI does not. 4. Capital Homesteading systematically enables individual citizens to become economically empowered and liberated through capital ownership. UBI does not. 5. Capital Homesteading systematically enables citizens to become economically independent of the government. UBI does not. 6. Capital Homesteading systematically generates mass purchasing power through ever-broadening citizen ownership of income-producing capital. UBI does not. 7. Capital Homesteading systematically creates new owners of advanced technologies and green growth assets UBI does not. 8. Capital Homesteading systematically creates a growing tax base to pay the costs of government, thereby eliminating deficit spending and eventually paying off the currently massive government debt. UBI does not. 9. UBI/Stimulus checks are simple and immediate. That's their strength. 10. Capital Homesteading requires some time (usually a number of years) in order for benefits to accumulate. That's why UBI should start immediately and be phased out over time in favor of Capital Homesteading. Source by Jerry Sereno #Trillion #Dollar #Idea #Creates #Debt #Pays #Americans #Pull

Oct 27, 2021

Record-Breaking Mexican Border Arrests, The Biiggest Caravan En Route, Panama Warns 65K More Are On The Way.

Not exclusively was the record for illicit settler anxieties along the southern border we broke the record in 2021 for most border crossings, the monetary year, which finished in September, closed with a bang—a last month spike of travelers from Haiti (132%), Turkey (89%), India (82%), Ukraine (81%) and even China (75%). The quantity of foreigners from Russia almost multiplied from 758 to 1,432 during a similar period, as per year-end figures gave for the current month by the Department of Homeland Security (DHS). The chilling details outline the size of the public safety and compassionate emergency made by the Biden organization's heartbreaking open boundary strategies. Government specialists secured an amazing 1,659,206 unlawful settlers at the southwest line in 2021, breaking the past high of 1,643,679 out of 2000. In financial year 2020, government specialists just captured 400,651 on the southern line. The upsurge in only one year is hard to get a handle on. Eight of the nine Border Patrol areas saw triple-digit rate expansions in illicit outsiders over last year and one, Yuma in Arizona, detailed an eye-popping 1,200.4% climb in worries. The organization's Del Rio area in Texas had an inconceivable 542.7% flood. The Rio Grande Valley area, likewise in Texas, saw a 508.7% expansion and drove all stations with 549,000 captures. Del Rio announced 259,000 worries which outperformed Border Patrol divisions in Texas and Arizona that ordinarily see more traffic. Two other Texas stations, Big Bend and EL Paso, recorded misgiving gains of 331.9% and 256.5% separately. Huge Bend and El Centro in California were the main areas that didn't see six-digit anxieties this year, however both detailed significant increments more than 2020—331.9% for Big Bend and 115.4% for El Centro. The majority of the displaced people, 608,000, captured by the U.S. in 2021 came from Mexico followed by the Central American countries of Honduras (309,000), Guatemala (279,000) and El Salvador (96,000). Somewhat recently of the financial year, transients from those four Latin American nations represented above and beyond half (63.7%) of worries along the Mexican boundary. The records show that 367,000 captures included Haitians, Cubans, Brazilians, Venezuelans, and Ecuadorans. To top the year, Border Patrol experiences with Haitians rose from 7,590 in August to an alarming 17,639 in September. The last month additionally saw large expansions in travelers from different nations also, including Venezuelans (71%), Romanians (49%) and Colombians (44%). As the public authority delivered last year's record-breaking figures, different Spanish-language media sources report that the "mother, all things considered" (otherwise called the "walk for freedom, pride and harmony.") just left from the southern Mexican territory of Chiapas, which borders Guatemala. One report assesses that in excess of 4,000 illicit settlers are in the train, which obviously, is going to the U.S. Another Spanish internet based article, which incorporates video of the troop, says the gathering comprises for the most part of Haitians and Central Americans. Mexican specialists have allegedly dedicated to "regarding the privileges" of the foreigners, permitting them to walk through the nation while heading to the American boundary. Mexico Foreign Affairs Secretary Marcelo Ebrard is cited in a nearby report saying that the public authority will act with judiciousness and alert in agreement to basic freedoms laws, however he added that travelers are being tricked in light of the fact that they won't be permitted to enter the U.S. Apparently the latest band is only the start. Half a month prior Panama's unfamiliar priest, Erika Mouynes, cautioned that there are in excess of 65,000 for the most part Haitian displaced people prepared to travel north through Latin America. Since January, in excess of 86,000 travelers who showed up at the U.S.- Mexico line went through Panama, as indicated by Mouynes. "We have been sounding the alert for quite a long time about this," the Panamanian authority said in a Spanish news story distributed on September 29, adding that the numbers show movement will increment.

Oct 17, 2021


Russian president Vladimir Putin, New York Times, operated, has awakened a lot of emotion, as he challenged the idea of ​​US exceptionalism. While many are surprised by such an affront to US values ​​and ideals, it could be a brief look at some historical data points over the evolutionary path of US exceptionalism that culminated with the defeat of the Soviet Union in the field of battle in the field of battle of the human terrain. As most, the roots of US exceptionalism are in three figures, Jonathon Winthrop, Thomas Jefferson and Alexis de Tocqueville. However, it was not until President Kennedy invoked the concept that he became the ideological tool for victory in the cold war. In 1630, WinThrop gave us the first words that sat the foundation for US exceptionalism: "Because we must consider that we will be like a city on a hill. The eyes of all people are about us." [1] From Tocqueville provided a quite different description of why America is exceptional: "The position of Americans is, therefore, quite exceptional, and you can believe that no democratic people will be placed. In a similar aspect ... Let us, then, to see all democratic nations under the example of Americans. " [2] Thomas Jefferson vacilated among the concept of America as an exemplary and as a crossed. Clearly, the words of him describing the inalienable rights in the Declaration of Independence support the notion of the United States that is a city on the hill as the exemplary for all to emulate. According to Walter Russell Mead, the Jeffersonian foreign policy can be described as a form of "flexible pacifism" and isolationism. [3] However, Jefferson also felt that for America to flourish, democracy and free market economies must be extended all over the world, which, of course, influences the form of Crusader of US exceptionalism. The final views of Jefferson can be summarized from their letter on foreign affairs with this extract: "Trust with the destinies of this lonely republic of the world, the only monument of human rights, and the only deposit of the Sacred Fire of Freedom and The self-chamber. Therefore, therefore, it is to be illuminated in other regions of the Earth, if other regions of the Earth will become susceptible to its benign influence. " [4] Despite this last "benign influence" of sight and the roots of what Joseph Nye later with a coin of "soft power", Jefferson established America for the continuous conflict between specimens and crusaders. In his seminal work, the empire of freedom, Robert Tucker and David Hendrickson succinctly summarized Jefferson's conflicting positions that last today. Note that US foreign policy had two broad views: "... to advance to freedom only when remaining separate from the world. Only by avoiding huge economic and constitutional threats produced by the entanglement and foreign wars would make the United States itself as an example or asylum for the oppressed peoples in everywhere ". "... Free political and economic institutions would flourish in America only if they would take roots elsewhere, an idea that has had a bit of much of the impulse of crunch in this century." [5] (Referring to the twentieth century) These two ideas really illustrate the copy and the exceptionalist of Crusader. After Tocqueville, little focused on the exceptionalism until the twentieth century. Putin is not the first to challenge US exceptionalism. Stalin himself used the term to criticize the American Communist Party for thinking that he did not enter online with Marxist history due to its geographical location and access to resources, its industrial capacity throughout the description of Tocqueville about 80 years before. [6] Maybe he predict what would become the US conflict. UU., USSR, realized that even US communists could not divorce the unique US experience. However, it was President Kennedy who reinfigor√≥ and cemented the concept in the US presidential lexicon that continues to this day in 1961 in 1961 in an address to the General Court of the Commonwealth of Massachusetts, called America a "City Shining on a hill" . [7] Since then, every US president has regardless of the political party, used various forms of this metaphor and invoked American exceptionalism. Why Kennedy did this? While political scientists and historians can challenge me because I have no hard data to prove this, I offer the following hypothesis. Kennedy inherited the vast most effective strategy in American history, the policy of containment of Soviet communism. Diplomatic instruments, economic, and especially military instruments of national power were strongly represented, but what Kennedy needed was an information component that not only would unite and motivate Americans, but would also serve as an example to the free world. What better way to compensate for the communist ideology to describe an American ideology that would be the shining example. While US and Soviet forces never met directly on the field of battle during the Cold War; On the battlefield of the human field and in the war of ideas, ideals Americans dominated communism. Democracy and free market economies spread throughout the world and American soft power was one of the main influences. Putin's KGB could not counter this and now sees an opportunity to try to get some satisfaction and maybe even a form of revenge for their failures to the United States to discredit the New York Times. Of course, many people criticize American exceptionalism. It is the subject of fierce debate among Americans. They can be divided into three camps. We talked about the first two. The Crusaders are proponents aggressive export of American principles and following the proverbial concept of "making the world safe for democracy" because they believe it will improve the chances of global stability and economic prosperity obviously in the interests of the United States . Examples are advocates soft power. They believe that the American example should be sufficient for others to adopt and the ideals need not be pushed aggressively. The third category is still not discussed. These are the "apologists" for American exceptionalism. These are people who believe that the concept of American exceptionalism is arrogant and leads to poor strategic decisions, entangling the US. UU. In adventures abroad and leads to conflicts and damage to America. Although critics of American exceptionalism will deny this, they are more eyes with Putin than any US president since Kennedy, either President Reagan or President Obama. However, it is true, the United States has made mistakes in foreign policy. He can not be denied that and there are too many faults to list here. But there have been many successes, again, in particular the victory in the Cold War and the collapse of the Soviet Union. Again, political scientists challenge this hypothesis, but I feel if our failures can be attributed to the specimens and Crusader camps are getting out of balance. When the balance has shifted too close to the side of the cross ledger and foreign policy is too aggressive, the United States has made mistakes and perhaps intervened in the affairs of others when it should not. When the next copy is too dominant and suppresses the side of the cross, perhaps a conflict has occurred where it might have been prevented. But when the balance is right, America is strong and is able to exert international leadership that helps maintain peace and stability. There are two things to finish. First, Putin and apologists have the right to criticize America and belief in their own exceptionalism. However, if we have returned to De Tocqueville and read carefully the description of him what he is really saying it is that America had

Oct 16, 2021

Russia: Between Poison and Vaccine

Russia's ignoble policy of intolerance and eliminating by all means possible every form of opposition has again manifested by the recent poisoning of Alexei Navalny, an opposition leader and a well-known President Putin's critic. Mr Navalny, 44, suddenly fell ill on a flight to Moscow from Tomsk, a city in Siberia. He had a black tea at an airport coffee shop before getting on the plane that morning and it is believed that he was poisoned. His plane later made an emergency landing in Omsk and he was treated in Omsk Emergency Hospital. And later he was flown to Berlin and the German experts and authorities have since confirmed, after detoxicological test, that he was poisoned with a chemical nerve agent of the Novichok group, a military-grade neurotoxin – the same biological weapon that was used in the poisoning of a Russian ex-spy and his daughter in the U.K about two and a half years ago. This is not the first time Mr Navalny would be poisoned. The German government and the world leaders have since condemned the attack. German chancellor Angela Merkel has demanded that the Russian government should provide an explanation on the incident and also threatened to stop the gas pipeline project by the two countries. The very expensive and ambitious, but controversial project is currently at the final stage. The European Union officials are also said to be weighing up how to respond and the appropriate action to be taken against Russia. Sadly, as we mentioned above, this is not the first time that Russia is being accused of using nerve agents, poison against the opposition in recent times. In 2018, this same poison was used against a former Russian military intelligence officer Sergei Skripal and the daughter in Salisbury, UK. Mr Skripal, a double agent incurred the wrath of Kremlin when he started spying for Britain and also passed the identity of dozens of his country's spies to the U.K.'s MI6. The then British Prime Minister Theresa May was reported to have said that it was highly likely Russia was behind the poisoning. And an intelligence analyst Glenmore Trenear-Harvey, who formerly worked for MI6 also said that he believed the case has the hallmarks of Putin's involvement. Listen to him, “For this to be in a shopping mall, for this to be in public, and for the fellow himself to be a former intelligence officer, immediately one looks to potential attackers, ultimately that would be as the result of President Putin authorizing it,” In fact, the surveillance footage of the movement of those Russian intelligence operatives that flew into UK that period also pointed to the same conclusion. The whole world saw it. And I hope you still remember the slow but painful death of former Russian agent Alexander Litvinenko, who was poisoned with radioactive polonium in 2006 also in London. Litvinenko, 43, was also an outspoken critic of Putin who fled Russia for Britain six years before he was poisoned. He died after drinking green tea laced with the rare and very potent radioactive isotope at London's Millennium Hotel. In a report published in 2016, a British judge found that Litvinenko was killed in an assassination carried out by Russia's security services – with the likely approval of President Vladimir Putin. As usual, Russia denied any responsibility for Litvinenko's death. The other guy's was black tea and for Litvinenko it's green tea. Russian tea!… All these where investigated and reported to have Russian finger prints on them. We don't want to talk about others like the murder of another opposition politician Boris Nemtsov's in Moscow, etc. Yes, today it is the Russian citizens, but tomorrow it can be other nationals, these weapons could also be used in external conflicts or even be transferred to rogue nations and terror groups. Unfortunately, Russia's aggression does not stop with the elimination of internal dissenting voices. Look at the annexation of Crimea, the invasion Ukraine, the claim of the Arctic and the natural resources, its constant provocative intrusion into other countries' air and maritime space. American air force is always scrambling fighter jets to intercept and wade off Russian surveillance planes of the coast of Alaska. As I write, the dust is yet to settle on the recent confrontation between a US and Russian military convoys in Syria. Or should we talk about Russia's reported vexatious meddling in the 2016 American presidential elections? The issue has simply refused to go away in the US. And, unfortunately, again, this same Russia, with Iran and China are being accused of launching another cyber attacks on US 2020 presidential campaign just two months to the election. Today, in violation of UN embargo, there are about 5,000 Russians mercenaries in Libya and it is also being accused of supplying arms to one of the warring factions. Russians are notorious for violating treaties, resolutions and agreements. The international community, especially the West, is always suspicious of Russia. There is that mutual distrust, perpetual struggle and competition, constant spying and permanent sabotaging of interest between them. Now, there is this fear that Russia may soon (if not already) start exporting these very lethal substances and the likes to others as it is seen as a country that is desperate and ready to do everything, anything to earn money and remain relevant. Will the United Nations, European Union, NATO and the world continue to watch as this happens? Each has a role to play in stopping this threat. Or will they again back down as soon as the Russians flaunt their nuclear strength? Remember Mr Putin did that as the EU was talking about sanctions during the Litvinenko incident. He told them to remember that Russia was a nuclear state and everybody scampered home immediately. What happened to all the treaties against development of such biological, chemical and nuclear weapons? Are they unenforceable?? Unfortunately there is already proliferation of chemical and nuclear weapons. We saw chemical weapon used by Syrian government against her people. And I was surprised recently to hear that it was also used in the first Gulf war. A soldier friend of mine and a victim who is still battling with the effects till today brought that to my notice. She said she is today the only surviving victim from her unit. Presently, Russian mercenaries in Libya are also been accused of using chemical weapons, a nerve agent against GNA forces in Salah Al-Din area in southern Tripoli. These weapons are just everywhere. We believe that Russia's internal and external aggressive actions stem from a people trying to survive, compete and regain their lost glory. But they are going about it in a wrong way. I believe that what they basically need now to take their rightful place is an urgent economic and political reform. They must get these two right if they really want to stage a comeback. Presently it looks like it is agitated on all fronts and this is affecting its behaviour and relationship with others. She must look inwards to solve her problems and also learn how to move on with the rest of the world in a positive competitive way. First it must free up the political space. Russians must be allowed to express themselves politically. You cannot claim to be a democracy when you gag and eliminate all forms of opposition. Democracy thrives on freedom and rule of law. There must freedom of speech, freedom association and freedom movement and when you feel that somebody has done something wrong then charge him to court for trial. Don't suspect, torture and eliminate as is the current situation. No. Secondly, the country must decisively deal with corruption. The problem of Russia is corruption. Corruption has become a way of life for Government officials and the corrupt political class in Russia. Bribery, organized crime, Mafiya and oligarchy influence must be checked immediately. For now, it looks like corruption is lawful and that there is a partnership between the government and the criminals. And more frightening is that the Mafiyas are moving out, extending their activities to other countries. And I am afraid that with their powerful influence and access they can easily steal and transfer or sell these nuclear and biological weapons. This is a country well-endowed with natural and human resources, but has been overtaken by corruption and mismanagement. Aging infrastructures: from energy to transport, industries to military. There is dilapidation, mismanagement and decay everywhere. It has some of the largest oil and gas reserves in the world. But over dependence on this has also become a problem with the constant fluctuations in the energy market. We advice that it should also use some on these resources it is currently investing in arms race to build ventures that will create jobs for the citizens. The unemployment in the country is terrible high rate. And it has left its well-educated populace stranded or forced into crime and other nefarious activities. This is what needs to be done urgently and not silencing and eliminating critics and the opposition. The country should also avoid those actions that attract sanctions and alienate them from other countries and investors. Like now, the Germans are already talking about abandoning a near- finished multi-billion joint project because of the current poisoning incident. No country prospers like this. All these are avoidable with the right behaviour. Interestingly, the Russians are currently advertising their COVID 19 vaccine – Sputnik V. Their Ambassador to Nigeria, Alexey Shebarshin recently gave the samples to the Nigeria Minister of Health, Osagie Ehanire in Abuja during the former's visit to the ministry. Other countries have also received same. But I see more of a country that is desperate for resources and name. Otherwise, why the haste to announce and market such a sensitive product when it has not fully gone through all the trial stages? The world and experts were shocked recently when President Putin hurriedly announced that Russia has produced the first world vaccine for the devastating virus without the due and complete procedure for coming up with such. At the time of announcement we learnt that the Russian vaccine had not gone through the last stage of trial – the third stage. And please what is the position now? Has it gone through it? A wrong or badly produced vaccine will sure wreck more havoc than the virus itself. But Mr Putin and his Russia can make the world to believe and relate better with them by always playing by rules. You cannot be giving out vaccine (life) and poison (death) at the same time and still expect people to trust you.

The Atypical Case of Alexander Litvinenko

On November 1st, 2006, Alexander Litvinenko (pronounced lit-vin-yen-ko) met two former Russian FSB agents for tea at a hotel room in London. Six hours later, back with his wife and young son, he would begin vomiting violently. He sought immediate medical attention. Later, he claimed the continued vomiting sessions contained pieces of his stomach lining. By November 23rd, 2006, the otherwise healthy forty-four year old was dead. In what would turn out to be an extremely dangerous autopsy, it was determined that he had died of poisoning by nuclear substance, Polonium 210 to be precise. The attending pathologist ticked the box for homicide as cause of death for Mr. Litvinenko. Alexander Litvinenko had come to London in 2000. He had fled his home country in fear of his life. The UK had granted him asylum shortly after his arrival at Heathrow Airport and, after sponsorship by a wealthy Russian oligarch (Berezovsky) also on the run from Russia, he took up British citizenship. The British police had an international intrigue on their hands. They soon discovered a trail of Polonium 210 throughout Europe that pointed directly to a suspect. The first trace was a ‘hot' teapot at the hotel where the meeting took place. Found only after his death, it can be quite safely assumed that other people had consumed tea from the same teapot that sent Geiger counters buzzing into the red zone. The crime was the first case where nuclear material had been used to murder someone. Since Polonium emits alpha particle radiation, as a weapon it is quite dangerous to the murderer as well as the victim. It may cause other, unintended victims too. Furthermore, it leaves a trail much like a magic marker under a blue-light. Anything the handler of this material touched would begin to glow hot for a while, and the murderer himself had better not ingest particles coming off his hands. Po 210 has a half-life that lasts an average 135 days; that is to say it's half as radioactive 135 days after it's first created, and then half again after another 135 days. Quite obviously, it poses many dangers to the handlers who use it as a weapon, but more about that later. The next place the British Bobbies found it was at the office of the oligarch who had sponsored Litvinenko's flight from Russia over six years before. It's possible his killer had obtained much needed contact information there. Also, Litvinenko had a meeting with Berezovsky later that day and may have brought traces of it with him. Lastly and crucially, it was found irradiating a hotel room in Germany where our prime suspect had stayed while in transit back to Russia. Having some 30 isotopes, Polonium 210 is quite a rare substance and has almost no known commercial uses. It can be used to dampen down static electricity in the textile industry, but its principle use is in nuclear triggers to atomic weapons. We won't get into all that, and our lack of knowledge on the topic will help make a point later on. Just accept that it isn't a readily available industrial metal found other than in a government facility to produce it through nuclear fission. Now you can understand why its use as a murder weapon began to interest, not only the British Police, but the UK security service as well. Needless to say, other powerful international security organizations will want a carbon copy of the final report on their desks as soon as available too, because it highlights an alarming lack of security in the transportation across international borders of radioactive material. If it's possible in small amounts, it's also possible to accumulate small amounts until they become adequately significant. Better get on the ball there, they mutter to themselves. Now back to the victim. Mr. Litvinenko liked to tell stories. His former employer, the FSB, an offshoot of the KGB after the collapse of the Soviet regime concerned with domestic policing, wanted him to stop telling stories. First they arrested him and charged him with acting above the powers of his position. The judge threw out the case. So they threw out the judge and charged him again. He was released anew and this time he decided to flee the country before the FSB found a judge that owed them a favor. What stories did he tell? Litvinenko was a member of the military after graduating high school. Then he joined the KGB. When the Soviet system collapsed and morphed into a mafia-run oligarchy with a tipsy president as its titular head, Litvinenko became a policeman with the FSB in charge of an organized crime unit. According to his boss he was quite good at his job, effective, reliable and honest. The story that he told the press in the nineties was that his employers came to him and his section and asked if they would be prepared to murder people on behalf of the State. A group of about 15 police officers held a press conference, some with masks, some with sunglasses to protect their identity, and declared they were part of a corrupt system in which they were asked to frame undesirables by planting evidence, create trumped-up charges, kidnap, extort, beat-up, threaten, intimidate, and even murder suspects that the establishment deemed worthy of special treatment. Think ‘Serpico' to the power of ten. In this, Litvinenko had collaboration for his accusations against the state with the colleagues who refused to go along in the corruption of justice. Litvinenko also claims he was asked to murder his part-time benefactor, the oligarch Berezovsky. His superiors in the FSB dismissed all the dissenters and began their persecution. Putin stated that it wasn't Litvinenko's job to make such accusations in public, that he should have raised them within the system so as not to scandalize the force. Based on the leader's declaration to the Press, the persecution had either explicit or tacit approval. It's at this juncture that Litvinenko became diametrically opposed to the state and its titular head. Russia hasn't changed modus operandi after the collapse of the Soviets – by all appearances they have merely erected a new sign over the door that says ‘Under New Management'. The faces are different but the methods appear to be the same. In addition, during the transition away from totalitarianism, Russia descended into a mafia-run anarchy, with criminal gangs gaining the upper hand. There were common occurrences of extortion, kidnappings, underworld assassinations, and armed gangs jockeying for supremacy in a new Wild West show. At stake were billions of dollars and power for the successful who managed with drug money and extortion to grab a share of formerly state-owned oil companies, manufacturing plants, gas and electric utilities, media empires, real estate, and so on. To call it a democracy is wishful sophistry from our Foreign Affairs ministries and State Departments, an extremely liberal use of the word; more PR spin than fact. Russia is an oligarchy with fifty to one hundred newly-minted billionaires in control of a state apparatus that still uses Soviet-style governing techniques – a mafia with a totalitarian regime that holds elections for Mutt and Jeff, and then four years later for Jeff and Mutt. The true opposition to this power equation is simply murdered. The Fourth Estate in any democracy is the press. But without a legacy of truthful reporting, the press and media in Russia has an uphill battle to establish itself as a pillar of democracy. It's no surprise then that one of several things happen when a Russian journalist exposes a corrupt official or ruling oligarch, 1) no one believes it, the Press is full of crap 2) no one cares if it's true, it's business as usual or 3) it's true, but for personal safety, you'd better stay quiet. It's also no surprise then that a true opposition to corrupt governance has not materialized. The regime in Russia, whether run by Putin and a supportive state apparatus, or by nefarious back-room oligarchs with Putin as its poster boy, have learned that suppression of the opposition begins with the media, which explains the high number of murdered journalists. When Litvinenko and his colleagues publicly declared themselves against the corruption in their midst, they did so naively in the hopes that open and wide public knowledge would save them from harm. Perhaps they felt their own sacrifice was worth the benefit, giving birth through their pain to a new and equitable democracy where wrong-doers are punished, the honest rewarded. Litvinenko, after his dismissal and subsequent flight to the UK, then wrote a book which accused the current regime of blowing up Moscow apartment buildings in order to engineer a war with separatist Chechnya. This happens to be about the same as accusing George Bush of engineering the 911 disaster in order to invade Iraq. It's a conspiracy theory, with lots of innuendo and unsupported ‘evidence'. Another unfortunate legacy engendered by the Soviet-style justice system is that you didn't need concrete evidence to convict someone of wrong-doing, all you needed was a plausible accusation and a right-wing judge put in place by the right people. Convictions with unfabricated corroborating evidence isn't a cultural norm. It's a petard that blows up as many who throw them as those who receive them. While Litvinenko learned his policeman's job under the Soviet system, he didn't learn to support accusations with proof that was incontrovertible. Lacking in his accusations are fingerprints, DNA, photos, undercover work, voluntary witness statements from Granny Gulch with nothing to gain, wiretappings where the accused says ‘I did it', evidence that would have Mother Theresa in the docket sweating with a jury of devoted Catholics each knobbing the rosary. In this vein he made many accusations against Putin and his former FSB bosses, probably egged on by his benefactor Berezovsky who held a grudge against Putin. Litvinenko had started moonlighting as a security consultant for the oligarch in order to augment his meager policeman's salary, but then, after Berezovsky spent $130,000 to spirit him out of Russia and then paid him a $6,000 per month stipend, Litvinenko was in his pocket, so to speak. One accusation was that Al-Zawahiri, bin Laden's number two man, was trained by the FSB before he joined Al-Qaida, which is generally supported by testimony from others. But other, unsupported accusations came out that were aimed directly at the Russian head of state, which were obviously targeting his reputation, the worst and most spurious was that he was a pedophile. This one apparently surfaced after Litvinenko witnessed TV footage of Putin kissing the stomach of a child handed to him during a presidential campaign walk-about. At this juncture it would seem Litvinenko had stooped too low. A film maker interviewed the prime suspect in the poisoning case, a former FSB agent named Lugovoi, who was asked about Polonium. He gave the interviewer a short, knowledgeable discourse on the topic. Lugovoi expertly explained how Po 210 emits low-level alpha radiation and is quite safe to get on one's skin because the levels are short-lived and not strong enough to penetrate, but, he warned, one should not ingest it under any circumstances. Why would an FSB agent be so informed about the levels of radiation being emitted from such an obscure isotope? The man's former duties would not have brought him into contact with it on a regular basis. Our general ignorance of such matters, even among highly informed individuals with brilliant minds means we are quite innocent, but Lugovoi had loads to say about Polonium 210. I'd hazard a guess that one in a hundred thousand could not talk about the level of radiation emitted from any given isotope with any certainty. How would anyone less than a professor of nuclear engineering be able to speak with such precision on the topic without any preparation for the question by a journalist? If you're a baker would you be able to talk about Web-page development in Javascript? Oh yes, you say, I'd embed my routines in callable modules that are pre-loaded for optimum performance. If you're a baker or a dentist, you wouldn't have even cursory knowledge of these things. The only explanation for such in-depth knowledge of an obscure topic is that he was forced to learn about it for his own safety. The fact that he is pictured entering the lobby on closed-circuit TV at the hotel in question, that his hotel room in Germany was still glowing hot with Polonium traces, and that he had quite a lot of knowledge about the subject is cause for intense suspicion by the British security forces. The Russians say this isn't enough evidence to extradite him to England, ironic given the level of burden of proof in their own courts. The UK has also failed to disclose all that it knows about the case, citing the possibility of damaging relations with the Russian Federation. The intricacy of the case brings to mind another unsolved murder which took place in London in 1978, when a Bulgarian defector died of Ricin poisoning, a nerve agent. A tiny titanium pellet was shot by umbrella into his leg. Upon inspection the pellet contained traces of Ricin. An opening to the pellet was covered with a sugary gel which melted at 37 degrees Celsius. All of this engineering and complexity with specially engineered Ricin pellets and umbrellas that shoot by secret mechanism suggests state involvement. Other murderers are more economical with their time. If organized crime wishes to murder someone, they very often want to dispose of the murderer too, so they care little about the methods used and would certainly not employ laboratories to engineer such equipment. States who murder need to re-use the murderer. That's why there is so much effort spent in developing a time lag between the event and the suspicion, it allows them to recover the agent who will presumably be re-employed, and gives them plausible deniability, hence the craftiness built into the methods. But it gives away the perpetrator to the logically minded. It is, how should we say, the art counterfeiter's many brushstrokes that give him away. The Russians enacted a law that allows the state to ‘take action' against terrorists within Russia or without. Therefore, it is within the power of the president to order the execution of an individual who undermines the state. Litvinenko, and others may have pressed the right buttons to cause their own deaths. Journalists, conscientious policemen, and opposition politicians take note – the revolution, first begun in 1905, is still causing casualties today and may do so for years to come.

Oct 4, 2021

Canine Coaching – This is A Fast Method To Forestall Your Canine From Barking

It was 5:00 AM and Timmy would not stop barking. Timmy is a Jack Russell Terrier and belongs to my mother-in-law. We were watching him for the weekend and his barking was already driving me crazy. I rolled over in bed and informed my wife that Timmy would be learning the word “Quiet” today. Barking is a normal, natural behavior in dogs. Barking becomes a problem when it becomes excessive. You can bring your dog's barking under control. The easiest way to do this is to teach your dog the word “Quiet.” If your dog is barking and you start yelling at your dog “Quiet,” “Shut up,” “Stop barking,” all you are doing is giving attention to the barking which can reinforce the behavior. Training boils down to applying a consequence to what ever word or command you give your dog. The rule of thumb is when you want your dog to do a behavior for you i.e. sit, down, stay etc, you apply a positive consequence. When you want your dog to stop doing a behavior i.e., stealing, begging, jumping or barking your apply a negative consequence. Let me say that when you decide to apply a negative consequence you have to be careful. Applying positive consequences do not have any side effects. Applying negative consequences do. Back to the barking. Your dog is doing a behavior that you want to stop so we are going to apply a negative consequence. The easiest negative consequence to apply in this situation is breath spray. Go down to your local drug store and pick up some binaca breath spray or Listerine breath spray. Now you can pair the word “Quiet” with the negative consequence of the breath spray. You see, your dog will not like the sound, smell or taste of the breath spray. It is a simple negative consequence that won't harm your dog. Now when your dog starts to bark you can firmly say the word “Quiet,” and then reach down and spray into your dog's mouth. Repeat if your dog starts barking again. It's important to remember that we want your dog to learn the word “Quiet.” This is done by pairing the word with the spray. “Quiet,” spray, “Quiet,” spray. After a few times your dog will get the picture. Once your dog learns the word “Quiet” and you don't need to use the spray, your dog has now learned the word. Once this happens you can start to reward your dog for not barking. So if you say “Quiet” and don't need to use the spray, you can reward your dog by saying “Good Quiet,” and give your dog a reward. Needles to say, little Timmy learned the word “Quiet” and we had a much more enjoyable visit with him. Source by How To Train Your Dog Secrets