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Saturday, May 20, 2017

Happy Armed Forces Day!

From Donald J. Trump:




Thank you to the BRAVE servicemen & women who have served, and continue to serve the United States- our true HEROES! #ArmedForcesDay

Vice President Mike Pence Giving A Commencement Speech At Grove City College

From Fox News:




"[President Donald J. Trump] has been rebuilding our military, restoring safety to our streets," said Vice President Mike Pence during a commencement speech at Grove City College.

Persuasion, Not Compulsion

From The Ayn Rand Institute:





Soros increases losing bet on falling US stock markets — RT Business

Billionaire investor George Soros has doubled down his bets against equity markets in the United States, according to recent filings quoted by CNBC. He has been losing money so far as the markets thrived during Donald Trump’s presidency.



Soros increases losing bet on falling US stock markets — RT Business

Enforcing Existing Law

From Donald J. Trump:




Great news! 'ICE Arrests Under Trump Jump 40% as Border Crossings Drop' fxn.ws/2qXuwAH

Florida man tries to kiss snake, gets bit on the tongue - KCTV5

JACKSONVILLE, Fla. (WJAX/CNN) -- A Florida man leaned in to kiss a rattlesnake -- but the serpent bit him on the tongue instead, authorities say.



Florida man tries to kiss snake, gets bit on the tongue - KCTV5

Friday, May 19, 2017

‘Total blackout’: Lawyer suing DNC for fraud speaks out on lack of media coverage — RT America

The lawyer who filed a class-action lawsuit against the Democratic National Committee and its ex-chair Debbie Wasserman Schultz nearly a year ago tells RT that there has been a “mainstream media blackout” of the fraud case stemming from the 2016 primary.



‘Total blackout’: Lawyer suing DNC for fraud speaks out on lack of media coverage — RT America

2 Chinese fighter jets buzz within 150 feet of US nuke ‘sniffer’ aircraft over East China Sea — RT America

A US aircraft that specializes in detecting radioactive debris after a nuclear detonation was intercepted by two Chinese fighter aircraft in international airspace near the Korean peninsula.



2 Chinese fighter jets buzz within 150 feet of US nuke ‘sniffer’ aircraft over East China Sea — RT America

Assange case dropped by Swedish prosecutor — RT News

Prosecutors in Sweden said on Friday that they would drop their preliminary rape inquiry against Julian Assange, the WikiLeaks founder.



Assange case dropped by Swedish prosecutor — RT News

On This Day In History > May 19,1795: New Hampshire Patriot Josiah Bartlett dies

From The Founding of the United States:




On This Day In History > May 19,1795:
New Hampshire Patriot Josiah Bartlett dies

"On this day in 1795, Josiah Bartlett, a New Hampshire Patriot and signatory of the Declaration of Independence who also served as the state’s governor and Supreme Court chief justice, dies. Over 200 years later, writer Aaron Sorkin resurrected the name Josiah Bartlet [sic] as a former New Hampshire governor and current Democratic president of the United States, played by Martin Sheen, in an award-winning television series, The West Wing.

The historical Josiah Bartlett began life in Amesbury, Massachusetts, in 1729 and his career as a physician in Kingston, New Hampshire, in 1750. Four years later, Bartlett married his cousin, Mary, who already shared his surname; together they had 11 children. All of the couple’s surviving sons and grandsons became physicians like Josiah.

By 1765, Bartlett had become active in colonial politics, serving in the New Hampshire legislature from 1765 to1775, when he became a member of the soon-to-be revolutionary Continental Congress. In 1776, Bartlett signed the Declaration of Independence immediately after John Hancock placed his famously large letters on the document. Bartlett took part in all the critical stages of creating the new government of the United States, signing the Articles of Confederation and serving in the Philadelphia Convention to draft the federal Constitution.

In 1789, Bartlett both declined election as a member of the United States Senate and stepped down from his post as the chief justice of New Hampshire’s Supreme Court. The following year he was elected president of the state of New Hampshire. A subsequent convention, of which he was a member, changed his title to governor; he continued to serve in that role until 1794."

On This Day In History > May 19,1778: In Pennsuvlania, Marquis de Lafayette learned of a British plan to surprise, surround and capture Continentals defending Valley Forge

From The Founding of the United States:




On This Day In History > May 19,1778:
In Pennsuvlania, Marquis de Lafayette learned of a British plan to surprise, surround and capture Continentals defending Valley Forge. The attempt made the next day was unsuccessful. 

"On this day May 20th in 1778, British forces from Philadelphia attempt to trap 2,200 Continentals defending Valley Forge led by Marquis de Lafayette. Lafayette, through skillful maneuvering, avoids the entrapment and the destruction of his forces. The encounter takes place at Barren Hill, now known as Lafayette Hill, just northwest of Philadelphia.

Washington had dispatched Lafayette and his men two days before to spy on the British in Philadelphia. The British learned of Lafayette’s mission and intended to surprise, surround and capture the encampment with a force of 7,000 to 8,000 men. Lafayette, in turn, learned of the British plan late on May 19.

Lafayette assigned 500 men and approximately 50 Oneida Indians armed with cannon to face the British onslaught and stand their ground by the local church, while the rest of Lafayette’s forces fled west over the Schuylkill River to safety. Before the Oneida warriors followed the Continental Army across the Schuylkill, they are believed to have bravely given chase to the British as they marched back to Philadelphia.

Lafayette, a Frenchman, had personally recruited the Oneida to join the Patriot cause by using the Indians’ preference for the French over the English; the Oneida arrived at Valley Forge on May 13. Lafayette promised the Oneida that they would serve under French instead of colonial Patriot commanders and that they would be given assistance in building a fort at their Mohawk Valley, New York, settlement.

These fresh Indian recruits were paired with Lafayette’s best Patriot fighters, fresh from training under European officers at Valley Forge. The Indians’ actions during the successful retreat at Barren Hill prevented disaster and allowed the Continental Army to emerge from Valley Forge as a disciplined military in June."

Wednesday, May 17, 2017

As Obamacare Crumbles, Americans Are Left To Pick Up The Pieces

From Senator Mitch McConnell:


'Unless we act, Obamacare premiums will keep skyrocketing across the nation, pushing the financial burden of this broken law onto the backs of more hardworking Americans.'

May 162017

WASHINGTON, D.C. – U.S. Senate Majority Leader Mitch McConnell (R-KY) made the following remarks today on the Senate floor regarding the failures of Obamacare:
“As Obamacare continues to collapse, a new Gallup poll out last week showed, quote, ‘Healthcare Surges as Top Problem in US.’ It’s not hard to see why so many Americans feel this way. They turn on the TV and hear that there will be even fewer options on the Obamacare marketplaces in state after state. They pick up the newspaper and see that even more double-digit premium increases are being proposed for too many of the Obamacare plan options that still remain. And they know what these stories mean for their families: they’ll be left to pick up the pieces as Obamacare continues to crumble across the country.
“Unless we act, Obamacare premiums will keep skyrocketing across the nation, pushing the financial burden of this broken law onto the backs of more hardworking Americans. We’ve seen the result of this already with last year’s rate filings, which left many states facing double-digit premium increases as even more insurance options left the market. Premium price hikes for some Obamacare plans reached startling levels, averaging 53% in Pennsylvania, 63% in Tennessee, and a shocking 116% in Arizona, just to name a few. Now, families are again awaiting projections for this year’s filings and once again bracing for the worst.
“In the coming weeks and months, proposed rate increases under Obamacare will roll in from across the nation — and, already, Obamacare customers in a handful of states have learned just how high their premiums could rise in 2018. For example, consumers in Vermont just learned that premiums on the exchanges could increase by double-digits next year. In Connecticut, requested premium rate-increases are as high as 52% on the exchanges. And in Maryland, one major insurer is asking for an average rate increase of nearly 60% — Obamacare’s marketplaces, that insurer warned, are in the ‘early stages of a death spiral.’ Are our Democratic friends, who promised to lower costs under Obamacare, okay with what looks to be yet another year of massive Obamacare premium increases?
“This news is alarming not only for the families on the exchanges in the states I just named, but for the thousands more across the nation who may be hit with similar reports in coming weeks. As one recent AP story, titled ‘More price hikes likely for government insurance markets,’ observed: ‘Early moves by insurers suggest that another round of price hikes and limited choices will greet insurance shoppers around the country when they start searching for next year's coverage on the public markets established by the Affordable Care Act.’
“Moreover, as the story went on to say, over 40 percent of counties could have just a single insurer to choose from on the exchanges next year. It’s troubling news, especially given that so many states, like mine, have already experienced insurers fleeing the Obamacare marketplace leaving families with limited options. This year, Kentuckians in 49% of our counties — let me repeat that, 49%, nearly half of the counties in Kentucky — have only one insurer to choose from. And of course, having only one option is really no choice at all.
“It’s a harsh reality facing more and more Americans, and these Obamacare failures have real consequences for the men and women we represent. As one of our Democratic friends commented just last week, on news that his state will be left with only a single insurer next year under Obamacare, ‘This will mean that more than 12,000 Delawareans will have to find a new insurance plan and [that] our hardworking families will have fewer options and harder choices to make about their health insurance coverage.’
“Can our Democratic colleagues, who promised more choice under Obamacare, really be okay with the continuing failures of Obamacare? The status quo under Obamacare is simply unsustainable and unacceptable. That’s why the entire Senate Republican Conference is working together on the best way forward to bring much-needed relief to the families who’ve been left behind by Obamacare’s continuing failures.
“I hope our Democratic colleagues will join us in working to do so. They just sent me a letter last week where they acknowledged that Obamacare hasn’t lived up to its promises and where they effectively conceded that the status quo is unsustainable. I hope it means they’re finally ready to join us in moving away from Obamacare and supporting smarter health care policies. After years of defending a system that isn’t working for far too many Americans, it’s time that Senate Democrats finally face the reality of this flawed Obamacare law. The failures of Obamacare aren’t just isolated to one region of the country either. They’re affecting people from the East Coast to the West, from the North to the South. And things are likely to get even worse unless we work to finally move beyond the failures of Obamacare.”

More from WI-01 | U.S. Congressman Paul Ryan

Last Thursday Paul crossed Wisconsin’s First District—from Janesville to Racine to Burlington—to speak with his employers in southern Wisconsin. Paul has been discussing tax reform with everyone from WIBA’s Vicki McKenna to employees at local business InSinkErator. But those weren’t Paul’s only visits last week; below are more highlights:



More from WI-01 | U.S. Congressman Paul Ryan

Is Trump Derangement Syndrome curable?





#BillWhittle


Flashback 2005: Sen.Obama On Illegal Immigration

Well, this is interesting! Senator Obama is saying the same thing that President Trump has been saying all along! - JBK


Unexpected News from Austria about Women and Veils

A few weeks ago, we saw headlines about the President of Austria calling on all women to wear headscarves to show solidarity with Muslims.

http://www.independent.co.uk/news/world/europe/austrian-president-alexander-van-der-bellen-all-women-headscarves-hijab-veils-burqa-muslim-a7707166.html

This morning, a German news agency is reporting that the Austrian Parliament has passed a law prohibiting the full-face veil in public. Noncompliance is punishable by a fine.

http://www.dw.com/de/%C3%B6sterreich-beschlie%C3%9Ft-burka-verbot/a-38866847?maca=de-Facebook-dw

According to the German article, the full-face veil prohibition is part of an integration package. Also included in the prohibition of distribution of Korans in public.

The package also requires immigrants to attend classes on the German language (they speak German in Austria) and on Austrian values. Immigrants who do not attend these classes will see a reduction in Government benefits. This is to prepare immigrants for the job market.

Interesting developments are going on in Austria.

- JBK
May 17, 2017



Murdered DNC staffer Seth Rich was in contact with WikiLeaks – reports — RT America

Seth Rich, a Democratic National Committee staffer who was murdered last year, was in contact with WikiLeaks, multiple sources have claimed. Rich’s family have branded the claims as “unsubstantiated,” however.



Murdered DNC staffer Seth Rich was in contact with WikiLeaks – reports — RT America

‘Good-looking mom’: Berlusconi ‘flatters’ Macron with thinly-veiled jab at first lady — RT News

Former Italian Prime Minister Silvio Berlusconi has described France's new president Emmanuel Macron as a “good-looking lad with a good-looking mom,” an apparent reference to the French president's wife, who is 24 years older than the newly-elected leader.



‘Good-looking mom’: Berlusconi ‘flatters’ Macron with thinly-veiled jab at first lady — RT News

On This Day In History > May 17,1769: Washington criticizes “taxation without representation”

From The Founding of the United States:




On This Day In History > May 17,1769:
Washington criticizes “taxation without representation”

"On this day in 1769, George Washington launches a legislative salvo at Great Britain’s fiscal and judicial attempts to maintain its control over the American colonies. With his sights set on protesting the British policy of “taxation without representation,” Washington brought a package of non-importation resolutions before the Virginia House of Burgesses.

The resolutions, drafted by George Mason largely in response to England’s passage of the Townshend Acts of 1767, decried Parliament’s plan to send colonial political protestors to England for trial. Though Virginia’s royal governor promptly fired back by disbanding the House of Burgesses, the dissenting legislators were undeterred. During a makeshift meeting held at the Raleigh Tavern in Williamsburg, Virginia’s delegates gave their support to the non-importation resolutions. Maryland and South Carolina soon followed suit with the passing of their own non-importation measures.

The non-importation resolutions lacked any means of enforcement, and Chesapeake tobacco merchants of Scottish ancestry tended to be loyal to their firms in Glasgow. However, tobacco planters supported the measure, and the mere existence of non-importation agreements proved that the southern colonies were willing to defend Massachusetts, the true target of Britain’s crackdown, where violent protests against the Townshend Acts had led to a military occupation of Boston, beginning on October 2, 1768.

When Britain’s House of Lords learned that the Sons of Liberty, a revolutionary group in Boston, had assembled an extra-legal Massachusetts convention of towns as the British fleet approached in 1768, they demanded the right to try such men in England. This step failed to frighten New Englanders into silence, but succeeded in rallying Southerners to their cause. By impugning colonial courts and curtailing colonial rights, this British action backfired: it created an American identity where before there had been none." 





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Memphis IHOP shooting: Air Force veteran killed trying to defend woman | Fox News

A young father and Air Force veteran was the man shot and killed outside an IHOP restaurant Sunday morning. Police said he was murdered while breaking up a domestic violence incident.
Family confirmed that 27-year old Devin Wilson was killed.


Memphis IHOP shooting: Air Force veteran killed trying to defend woman | Fox News

Teen terrorist: 17yo Danish girl obsessed with jihad convicted of planning to bomb Jewish school — RT News

A 17-year-old girl from Denmark faces a lifetime behind bars after being found guilty of attempting a terrorist act on two schools. She purchased ingredients for a homemade bomb and established contact with jihadists after recently converting to Islam.



Teen terrorist: 17yo Danish girl obsessed with jihad convicted of planning to bomb Jewish school — RT News

Tuesday, May 16, 2017

McConnell Comments on Nomination of John Bush from Kentucky

From U.S. Senator Mitch McConnell:


May 82017

WASHINGTON, D.C. – U.S. Senate Majority Leader Mitch McConnell (R-KY) released the following statement today regarding President Donald Trump’s nomination of John Bush from Kentucky to serve on the United States Court of Appeals for the Sixth Circuit:

“I commend President Trump on his strong judicial nominations announced today, including John Bush, of Louisville, to serve on the Sixth Circuit Court of Appeals. John has built a reputation as a talented litigator, trying complex cases in both state and federal courts. Through his broad array of experiences, John has proven his legal ability and earned the respect of his peers. He will make a strong addition to the Sixth Circuit, and I look forward to the Senate confirming him.”

National Police Week

From Mitch McConnell:


‘These officers put themselves in harm’s way to defend our communities every day, and we owe them a tremendous debt of gratitude.’

May 152017

WASHINGTON, D.C. – U.S. Senate Majority Leader Mitch McConnell (R-KY) made the following remarks today on the Senate floor regarding National Police Week:
“This week marks National Police Week, an annual celebration in honor of the men and women who serve in local, state, and federal law enforcement across the country. We are all safer because of their efforts, and this week is an important reminder of their continuing service and sacrifice on our behalf — each and every day.

“Traveling from across the country, thousands of law enforcement officers gather in our nation’s capital each year to mark this occasion. They come here to recommit themselves to the peace and safety of our communities and to show respect for their fallen brothers and sisters in uniform who've made the ultimate sacrifice. We are honored to have them here in Washington and to join them in recognizing these officers. I would like to pay special tribute to the brave men and women who protect and serve my home state of Kentucky. These officers put themselves in harm’s way to defend our communities every day, and we owe them a tremendous debt of gratitude. 

“Today, we also remember those officers from the Bluegrass State who tragically fell in the line of duty. First, I want to pay tribute to Officer Nick Rodman of the Louisville Metro Police Department. Officer Rodman unfortunately passed away after a car crash in Louisville while responding to calls of shots fired. He was 30 years old and had served in the department for three years. The Rodman family maintains a strong tradition in law enforcement, and he proudly continued that legacy. The many individuals Officer Rodman touched over the course of his life will remember his compassion, patience, and dedication to family. 

“I’d like to also pay tribute to Officer Charles Howley of the Oldham County Police Department. The day before his death, Officer Howley responded to a call reporting smoke in a day care center. While ensuring all of the children and employees had evacuated, Officer Howley was exposed to a refrigerant. The next day, he suffered a fatal heart attack. Officer Howley was 51 years old and dedicated 20 years of service to his department and his community. Officers Nick Rodman and Charles Howley displayed courage and heroism, and their service will not soon be forgotten. 

“I would also like to take a moment to thank the men and women of the United States Capitol Police who stand guard here at the heart of our democracy. They protect the nation’s legislature, the people who work here, and the millions of visitors who travel here to see our government in action. We are grateful for their diligence and their service. I ask my colleagues to join me in expressing the Senate family’s gratitude to law enforcement officers across the nation. As we welcome so many of them to the capital this week, I would like to reiterate our admiration for their honorable and dangerous work. We live in a safer society because of their brave efforts, and I am glad that we are able to take this opportunity today to thank them for their service.”

Frenemy in the Making: Merkel Views Macron with Skepticism and Hope - SPIEGEL ONLINE

Emmanuel Macron's victory in France has galvanized Germany's Social Democrats. But Merkel, too, is hopeful that the new French president will mark an improvement in Berlin-Paris relations. There are, however, plenty of potential conflicts looming.



Frenemy in the Making: Merkel Views Macron with Skepticism and Hope - SPIEGEL ONLINE

Analyst: Cyberattack Unique, Multiplied On Own

WikiLeaks releases video of Lady Gaga & Assange discussing ‘hero’ Manning — RT Viral

A day before US army whistleblower Chelsea Manning is due to be released from prison, WikiLeaks has released new footage of Editor Julian Assange discussing her case with pop icon Lady Gaga.



WikiLeaks releases video of Lady Gaga & Assange discussing ‘hero’ Manning — RT Viral

On This Day In History > May 16,1777: Georgia Patriot Button Gwinnett receives fatal wound in duel

From The Founding of the United States:




On This Day In History > May 16,1777:
Georgia Patriot Button Gwinnett receives fatal wound in duel

"On this day in 1777, British-born Georgia Patriot and signer of the Declaration of Independence Button Gwinnett receives a bullet wound in a duel with his political rival, Georgia city Whig Lachlan McIntosh. Three days later, Gwinnett died as a result of the gangrenous wound. McIntosh was also shot in the duel, but the wound was not fatal.

Button Gwinnett was born in Down Hatherly, Gloucestershire, England, and was baptized in Gloucester in 1735. He was married and began a career in trading while still in Britain. In the 1760s, Gwinnett moved first to Charleston, South Carolina, then to Savannah, Georgia, where he had established himself as a trader by 1765. Entering politics in 1769, he was elected to the Commons House of Assembly. Taking up residence on St. Catherine’s Island, Georgia, in 1770, Gwinnett left commerce for farming. His politics were deeply influenced by his contempt for the wealthy and powerful city Whigs of Savannah. Gwinnett’s political base of country Whigs consisted of less prosperous coastal dwellers like himself and backcountry farmers. When first made commander of Georgia’s Patriot forces, Gwinnett was forced to resign by the outcry of city Whigs. He went on to win election to the Second Continental Congress in Philadelphia and became a signatory of the Declaration of Independence.

Gwinnett returned to Georgia immediately after signing the declaration to find city Whig Lachlan McIntosh commanding Georgia’s nascent military efforts. Determined to take control of Georgia politics, Gwinnett became speaker of the legislature, guided the Georgia Constitution of 1777 into existence and took over as governor when Archibald Bulloch died suddenly in office.

Gwinnett then wanted to lead an expedition to secure Georgia’s border with Florida. A dispute between McIntosh and Gwinnett over who would command the effort ultimately led to their duel and Gwinnett’s death." 





051617 

Martin Schulz Candidacy in Trouble after State Election - SPIEGEL ONLINE

The state election on Sunday in North Rhine-Westphalia, Germany's most populous state, was supposed to give Martin Schulz's chancellor candidacy a needed boost. But his party, the Social Democrats, lost to Merkel's CDU. The road ahead looks bumpy.



Martin Schulz Candidacy in Trouble after State Election - SPIEGEL ONLINE

School lunch shaming: 'No one believes we do this to kids.' Will Congress end it? - May. 15, 2017

Here's an issue Republicans and Democrats agree on: Ending the "barbaric" practice of school lunch shaming.



A school lunch costs around $2.35. When a kid doesn't have enough money, many schools require cafeteria workers to take a kid's tray of hot food away and throw it in the trash. Children are then handed a cold cheese sandwich -- or they are forced to go hungry with no food at all.



School lunch shaming: 'No one believes we do this to kids.' Will Congress end it? - May. 15, 2017

How to Enslave a Nation

From The Founders, Religion and Government:




"There are two ways to conquer and enslave a nation. One is by the sword and the other is by debt."
~ John Adams (1826) 




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Monday, May 15, 2017

Heathcare Provider Aetna Pulls Out of Last Few Obamacare Exchanges

Aetna announced Wednesday that it will stop offering Obamacare exchange plans in 2018, making it the latest major health insurance provider to completely opt out of former President Barack Obama’s landmark health care legislation.



Heathcare Provider Aetna Pulls Out of Last Few Obamacare Exchanges

Social Design Award 2017: Good Ideas for Green City Oases - SPIEGEL ONLINE

The Social Design Award, now being presented for the fourth time by SPIEGEL ONLINE and SPIEGEL WISSEN, is all about shaping our public and community life.



Social Design Award 2017: Good Ideas for Green City Oases - SPIEGEL ONLINE

Microsoft: U.S. should not stockpile cyber weapons - May. 14, 2017

Microsoft's president and top lawyer said Sunday that the ongoing cyberattacks, which experts are calling the largest in history, should be a "wake-up call" for governments -- especially the U.S.



Hackers have used "ransomware" to freeze at least 200,000 computers so far, and they have demanded that users pay up to regain access.



Microsoft: U.S. should not stockpile cyber weapons - May. 14, 2017

I'm Going To The White House! New Film Campaign! Speaking At An Arena!





#JoyVilla


Officials: 7 People Killed in Fire at Ohio Home

Macron Goes Right with Prime Minister Pick

WH: Cyberattack Has Not Affected US Government

Family: Son's death ‘premediated’ and 'torture'

Raw: Macron Arrives in Berlin to Meet Merkel

Ransomware WannaCry affects more than 70,000 computers

Sen. Barrasso Co-hosting CNBC "Squawk Box" with Sen. Perdue





#CNBC


Barrasso on FOX News about North Korea





#FoxNews #FNC


Pittsburgh Apartment Fire Leaves One Dead

Raw: Dozens Injured After Bus Overturns in Md.

Raw: Fire-Damaged Atlanta Freeway Open

Anne Frank Memorial in Boise, Idaho Vandalized

Raw: New 80 MPH Speed Limit Appears in Nevada

We the People

From The Founding of the United States:




We The People

We the People of the United States, in Order to form a more perfect Union, establish Justice, insure domestic Tranquility, provide for the common defence, promote the general Welfare, and secure the Blessings of Liberty to ourselves and our Posterity, do ordain and establish this Constitution for the United States of America. 




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Putin: Malware created by intelligence services can backfire on its creators — RT News

The ransomware that hit computers across the world could backfire on its creators, Russian President Vladimir Putin said in Beijing, adding that the implications of the global hack attack need to be discussed on a political level.



Putin: Malware created by intelligence services can backfire on its creators — RT News

A Source of Happiness

From The Founders, Religion and Government:




“It is one of my sources of happiness never to desire a knowledge of other people's business.”
~ First Lady Dolley Payne Todd Madison, Letter to Benjamin Henry Latrobe (September 12, 1809) 




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The Siege of Boston and the Battle of Bunker Hill:

From The Founding of the United States:




The Siege of Boston and the Battle of Bunker Hill:

"Rebel militia then converged on Boston from all over New England, while London attempted to formulate a response. Generals Sir William Howe, Sir Henry Clinton, and John Burgoyne were dispatched at once with reinforcements, and Charles Cornwallis followed later. Those four commanders would be identified with the conduct of the principal British operations. The Continental Congress in Philadelphia, acting for the 13 colonies, voted for general defensive measures, called out troops, and appointed George Washington of Virginia commander in chief. Before Washington could take charge of the 15,000 colonial troops laying siege to the British garrison in Boston, Gage ordered Howe to drive the Americans from the heights in Charlestown.

The Americans provoked the assault by entrenching on Breed’s Hill, the lower of two hills overlooking the British position. The placement of American artillery on the heights would have made the British position in Boston untenable, so on June 17, 1775, Howe led a British frontal assault on the American fortifications. In the misleadingly named Battle of Bunker Hill (Breed’s Hill was the primary locus of combat), Howe’s 2,300 troops encountered withering fire while storming the rebel lines. The British eventually cleared the hill but at the cost of more than 40 percent of the assault force, and the battle was a moral victory for the Americans."


#AmericanHistory 





051517

Fist Lady Abigail Smith Adams, Letter to John Adams

From The Founders, Religion and Government:




“If you complain of neglect of Education in sons, what shall I say with regard to daughters, who every day experience the want of it? With regard to the Education of my own children, I find myself soon out of my depth, destitute and deficient in every part of Education.
I most sincerely wish that some more liberal plan might be laid and executed for the Benefit of the rising Generation, and that our new Constitution may be distinguished for encouraging Learning and Virtue. If we mean to have Heroes, Statesmen and Philosophers, we should have learned women. The world perhaps would laugh at me and accuse me of vanity, But you I know have a mind too enlarged and liberal to disregard the Sentiment. If much depends as is allowed upon the early education of youth and the first principles which are instill'd take the deepest root, great benefit must arise from literary accomplishments in women.”
~ Fist Lady Abigail Smith Adams, Letter to John Adams (August 14, 1776) 





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Holy Trinity! Sweden in hot water for giving Christian asylum seekers Bible quizzes — RT News

Sweden’s Migration Agency is in hot water for giving Bible knowledge quizzes to Christian asylum seekers, local media reports. Some social media users are saying it is ‘absurd and ridiculous’ to require such tests in mostly secular Sweden.



Holy Trinity! Sweden in hot water for giving Christian asylum seekers Bible quizzes — RT News

Saturday, May 13, 2017

Ryan: ‘We are executing the plan that we ran on’ | U.S. Congressman Paul Ryan

WASHINGTON – Today, Wisconsin’s First District congressman and speaker of the House, Paul Ryan, spoke with WIBA’s Vicki McKenna. Tackling the country’s big problems: - See more at: http://paulryan.house.gov/news/documentsingle.aspx?DocumentID=398678#sthash.iSMmGvVw.dpuf



Ryan: ‘We are executing the plan that we ran on’ | U.S. Congressman Paul Ryan

Elizabeth Warren tells grads with loads of debt: Agitate! - May. 12, 2017

Senator Elizabeth Warren has a message to new graduates dealing with student debt: Stand up for yourself with the politicians.



During a commencement speech at the University of Massachusetts Friday, Warren told students that decisions made by state and federal lawmakers "heavily influenced" the amount of student loans they'll have to pay.



Elizabeth Warren tells grads with loads of debt: Agitate! - May. 12, 2017

Emmanuel Macron Faces Tall Task of Uniting France - SPIEGEL ONLINE

Emmanuel Macron's election is nothing short of a political upheaval in France. As the youngest president in the country's history, he has set himself the task of reunifying a divided country. Can his project of political renewal succeed? And can he help save Europe?



Emmanuel Macron Faces Tall Task of Uniting France - SPIEGEL ONLINE

Interview with Wolfgang Schäuble: 'We All Wish Macron Success' - SPIEGEL ONLINE

In an interview, German Finance Minister Wolfgang Schäuble, a member of Chancellor Merkel's Christian Democrats, says he believes the reform proposals of French president-elect Emmanuel Macron are currently unrealistic. But he also says he wants to see greater investment in Europe.



Interview with Wolfgang Schäuble: 'We All Wish Macron Success' - SPIEGEL ONLINE

Integrating Refugees in Germany: An Update - SPIEGEL ONLINE

More than 1.2 million refugees came to Germany in 2015 and 2016. Initially, the country greeted them with chaos and poor planning, but the situation has improved. DER SPIEGEL took a closer look at how the project of integration is going. By SPIEGEL Staff



Integrating Refugees in Germany: An Update - SPIEGEL ONLINE

Blinded by Rage

The author of this meme misspelled *banned*, but he otherwise makes a good point. The Democrats will oppose anything that Donald Trump is for. President Trump could propose the most left-wing program and the Democrats would oppose it because it was Donald Trump who proposed it.

But Donald Trump is not an ideologue. He is not Ted Cruz or Rick Santorum. Donald Trump is a deal-maker. In other words, the Democrats could get some of the things that they want if they would engage with the President. The Democrats have an opportunity here, but they are so full of rage that they cannot see it.

- JBK





Friday, May 12, 2017

‘We went to Iraq to overthrow Saddam, not bring democracy’ – ex-State Secretary Condoleezza Rice — RT America

I have always thought highly of Condoleezza Rice, but I find these remarks most surprising.



After the Taliban had been overthrown, there was a vacuum and we were, indeed, trying to fill it. We had started girls' schools to teach Afghan girls to read and write. At the time I was working as an engineer and I remember speaking with a colleague about going to Afghanistan to aid in reconstruction.



Later, I remember hearing news reports about George W. Bush meeting with somebody from Israel. The Israelis had a study that concluded that democracies do not go to war with each other. This was in late 2002 or early 2003. Shortly after that, the U.S. invaded Iraq and overthrew the Saddam Hussein regime.



Supposedly, the main reason we invaded Iraq was to take away Saddam's weapons of mass destruction. But another reason was to establish a democracy in Iraq. That would make Israel more secure because the study said that democracies do not go to war with each other.



That is how I remember it and I was paying attention. - JBK





The primary US objective during the 2003 invasion of Iraq was not bringing democracy to the Middle Eastern country, but to oust Saddam Hussein, touted as “a threat to the region,” says a secretary of state under President George W. Bush.



‘We went to Iraq to overthrow Saddam, not bring democracy’ – ex-State Secretary Condoleezza Rice — RT America

AG Sessions Defends Tougher Charges Directive

Barrasso: Senate Successfully Rolls Back Midnight Regulations





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Robert Treat Paine

From The Founders, Religion and Government:




"I desire to bless and praise the name of God most high for appointing me my birth in a land of Gospel Light where the glorious tidings of a Savior and of pardon and salvation through Him have been continually sounding in mine ears."
~ Robert Treat Paine’s Confession of Faith (1749)
he Papers of Robert Treat Paine, Stephen T. Riley and Edward W. Hanson, editors (Boston: Massachusetts Historical Society, 1992), Vol. I, p. 48 




051217 

Thursday, May 11, 2017

Sen. Rand Paul Discusses Comey and Surveillance with Maria Bartiromo - M...





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Grassley discusses Comey and Russia Investigation at Executive Business ...





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Sen. Shelby Discusses Dir. Comey's Termination on MSNBC

Watch as U.S. Senator Richard Shelby (R-Ala.) speaks with Chuck Todd on MSNBC's Meet the Press Daily about the termination of FBI Director James Comey.







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Sen. Rand Paul on "CBS This Morning" - May 11, 2017





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McCAIN OPENING STATEMENT AT SASC HEARING ON CYBER STRATEGY, POLICY & ORG...





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598: The Comey Firing: The Facts and the Fiction





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Senator Hatch and FBI Director Comey Discuss Rapid DNA





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Rubio chairs hearing on terrorism and external influences in the Western...





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Rubio Q&A at Council of the Americas’ 47th Annual Washington Conference ...





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Senator Enzi and former Senator Phil Gramm on boosting America's economi...

Senator Mike Enzi (R-WY), Chairman of the Senate Budget Committee, today said Congress should focus on how Congress can work with the new Administration to foster a stronger US economy. Testifying was former Senator Phil Gramm (R-TX), who provided insight into which policies have historically led to economic growth upon implementation, as well as which are most politically attainable for Congress.







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WATCH: Putin reacts to Trump firing FBI Director James Comey

Sen. Moran Speaks on Senate Floor About Impact of Partisan Obstructionism

Sen. Moran spoke on the Senate floor on May 10, 2017 about the negative impact of partisan obstructionism impeding the Senate's committees from doing their work.







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Inhofe Q&A at EPW Hearing on State Views on the Endangered Species Act

Witnesses

Mr. Nick Wiley

Executive Director, Florida Fish and Wildlife Conservation Commission

President, Association of Fish & Wildlife Agencies



Mr. Larry Voyles

Director, Arizona Game and Fish Department

Former President, Association of Fish & Wildlife Agencies



Ms. Janet Coit

Director, Rhode Island Department of Environmental Management







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Inhofe Q&A at EPW T&I Hearing on Water Infrastructure (Round 2)

Witnesses for the hearing included: Lt. Gen. Todd Semonite, commanding general and chief of engineers of the Army Corps of Engineers; James Lyons, director and CEO of the Alabama State Port Authority; Grant Humphreys, town founder of Carlton Landing, OK; Pete Rahn, Maryland secretary of transportation; and Rick Goche, commissioner of Port Bandon.







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Inhofe Q&A at EPW T&I Hearing on Water Infrastructure (Round 1)





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OK Witness, Grant Humphreys, Opening Statement at EPW Subcommittee Heari...

EPW T&I Subcommittee hearing entitled, “Water Resources: The Role of the Public and Private Sectors.”







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#Government #Regulation


Inhofe Opening Statement on EPW T&I Subcommittee Hearing on Water Infras...

Witnesses for the hearing included: Lt. Gen. Todd Semonite, commanding general and chief of engineers of the Army Corps of Engineers; James Lyons, director and CEO of the Alabama State Port Authority; Grant Humphreys, town founder of Carlton Landing, OK; Pete Rahn, Maryland secretary of transportation; and Rick Goche, commissioner of Port Bandon.







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Inhofe Introduces Oklahoma Witness, Grant Humphreys at EPW Subcommittee ...

Inhofe introduces Grant Humphreys, town founder of Carlton Landing, OK at EPW T&I hearing on water infrastructure.







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Tuesday, May 9, 2017

Rubio speaks on Senate floor regarding the crisis in Venezuela caused by...





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Rubio discusses human rights with John Sullivan, nominee to be deputy se...





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Rubio Q&A at Council of the Americas’ 47th Annual Washington Conference ...





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McCAIN OPENING STATEMENT AT SASC HEARING ON U.S. CYBER COMMAND 5-9-17





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McCAIN QUESTIONS ADMIRAL ROGERS ABOUT CYBER DETERRENCE POLICY AT SASC HE...





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Senator Hoeven Urges Senate Colleagues to Repeal Duplicative BLM Methane...

Senator Hoeve urges his Senate colleagues to repeal the Bureau of Land Management's final rule regarding methane emissions on federal and tribal lands. Original speech date: May 9, 2017.







#JohnHoeven #SenatorHoeven


James Madison on Freedom of Religion

From The Founders, Religion and Government:




"We hold it for a fundamental and undeniable truth, “that Religion or the duty which we owe to our Creator and the Manner of discharging it, can be directed only by reason and conviction, not by force or violence.” The Religion then of every man must be left to the conviction and conscience of every man; and it is the right of every man to exercise it as these may dictate. This right is in its nature an unalienable right. It is unalienable; because the opinions of men, depending only on the evidence contemplated by their own minds, cannot follow the dictates of other men: It is unalienable also; because what is here a right towards men, is a duty towards the Creator. It is the duty of every man to render to the Creator such homage, and such only, as he believes to be acceptable to him. This duty is precedent both in order of time and degree of obligation, to the claims of Civil Society. Before any man can be considered as a member of Civil Society, he must be considered as a subject of the Governor of the Universe: And if a member of Civil Society, who enters into any subordinate Association, must always do it with a reservation of his duty to the general authority; much more must every man who becomes a member of any particular Civil Society, do it with a saving of his allegiance to the Universal Sovereign. We maintain therefore that in matters of Religion, no man’s right is abridged by the institution of Civil Society, and that Religion is wholly exempt from its cognizance. True it is, that no other rule exists, by which any question which may divide a Society, can be ultimately determined, but the will of the majority; but it is also true, that the majority may trespass on the rights of the minority."
~ James Madison, Memorial and Remonstrance Against Religious Assessments (1785)

From the beginning, the Founders sought freedom of religion.





051017 

Why Comey was fired by Trump





#Dobbs


Guilfoyle: Trump made a bold move firing Comey





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Was Comey’s firing a long time coming?





#Dobbs


Who will replace Comey?

Fmr. Rep. Hoekstra on Comey’s firing

Should Comey have been fired sooner?

Barrasso on MSNBC's Meet the Press Daily with Chuck Todd





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Opioid Epidemic Taking Heartbreaking Toll on Families and Communities Across the Nation

From Senator Mitch McConnell:


May 92017

WASHINGTON, D.C. –U.S. Senate Majority Leader Mitch McConnell (R-KY) made the following remarks today on the Senate floor regarding the nationwide opioid epidemic and the president’s nominee for Commissioner of the Food and Drug Administration (FDA), Dr. Scott Gottlieb:
“The heroin and prescription opioid epidemic is taking a heartbreaking toll on families and communities across the nation. Experts estimate that as many as 2 million Americans are struggling with prescription drug addiction — with heroin and opioid overdoses claiming an average of 91 lives every day.
“We continue to read the devastating headlines too, like one article published by CNN entitled ‘A Generation of Heroin Orphans.’ It told the story of five Kentucky children living with their grandparents due to their mother’s addiction. Sadly, this family is not unique. Nearly 3 million grandparents or other relatives across the country are caring for grandchildren, and, according to experts, this uptick in children left without their parents is due — at least in part — to this epidemic.
“It’s just one of the many reasons why the heroin and prescription opioid crisis requires continued action. Americans across the country — law enforcement, nurses, family members and many more — have dedicated themselves to reversing this crisis. And Congress has taken significant steps to help combat this growing problem on a bipartisan basis.
“Through legislation like the Comprehensive Addiction and Recovery Act (CARA) and the 21st Century Cures bill, we authorized important ways to help fight the opioid epidemic — through things like expanded education and prevention initiatives, improved treatment programs, and bolstered law enforcement efforts — and the implementation of these initiatives is already helping tackle this crisis. I was proud to support these pieces of legislation because I knew they could make a real impact in the fight against opioid abuse, and they are. We were able to take another positive step last week as well.
“Congress passed an important piece of funding legislation, now law, that is helping advance and support many of the programs that Congress authorized in CARA and the 21st Century Cures bill last year — programs that can advance medical innovation and promote research and treatment development. That funding legislation dedicated significant new resources to the fight against the opioid epidemic. It helped fund groundbreaking research into the field of regenerative medicine. With its passage, Congress took one more critical step forward in the advancement of medical research and addiction treatment. The Senate will soon have another opportunity to move ahead in the fight against devastating diseases and opioid abuse by voting to confirm Dr. Scott Gottlieb to oversee the Food and Drug Administration.
“The FDA plays a central role in the approval of new drug treatments and therapies. An important part of the 21st Century Cures Act provided an accelerated pathway for the FDA to approve regenerative medicines. I look forward to having a Commissioner like Dr. Gottlieb who is committed to the development of groundbreaking medicines and treatments to combat serious illnesses. Additionally, the FDA will continue to be a crucial partner as states like Kentucky continue their fight against the opioid epidemic. The FDA plays an important regulatory and oversight role in combatting this crisis.
“I have encouraged the agency to incentivize the approval of safer, more abuse deterrent formulations of drugs, and I am glad when they have concurred. These types of constructive policy decisions show an FDA that is ready to join the fight against heartbreaking disease and opioid abuse, and I am proud to support that kind of rigorous oversight from the agency.
“Dr. Gottlieb has the necessary experience to serve in this key role. Not only has he worked in hospitals, interacting directly with those affected by disease and treatment, but he has also developed and analyzed medical policies in both the public and private sectors. He formed his perspectives on the dynamic public health sector by overseeing medical research and innovation projects.
“In 2005, Dr. Gottlieb was appointed the FDA’s Deputy Commissioner for Medical and Scientific Affairs. He also has served as a senior advisor to the FDA Commissioner, and as the agency’s Director of Medical Policy Development. As a practicing physician with a wealth of policy experience, Dr. Gottlieb has the necessary qualifications to lead the FDA at this critical time. The Senate voted to advance his nomination last night on a bipartisan basis, and I look forward to his confirmation.”
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