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American Capitalism Is Fine, Thank You

The real debate is whether to accept the Liberal Democrat creative destruction at the heart of the free-market system.

Redacted from an article by Governor Bobby Jindal

Wall Street Journal

March 11, 2019 

Liberal politicians, abetted by the mainstream media, regularly document the alleged shortcomings of free-market capitalism. Politicians like Sen. Bernie Sanders and Rep. Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez point to rising inequality and a supposed lack of upward mobility to make the case for socialism.

Today, American Democrats have a more positive view of socialism than capitalism, and less than half of young adults have a positive view of capitalism. But the debate isn’t merely between left-wing socialists and right-wing capitalists. Even President Trump argues that capitalism generates prosperity abroad at the expense of American workers. Years of wage stagnation and diminished economic prospects have soured many Americans on the system that made the U.S. the world’s largest economy.

The problem isn’t market dynamics, but the increased government intervention in the economy that discourages competition. Rather than relying on innovation, many companies often now seek to exploit licensing arbitrage opportunities and engage in other rent-seeking behaviors. They try to beat competitors through regulatory capture and crony capitalism rather than making better products for less.

Almost every large company has calculated the benefits of lobbying government. It is no coincidence that the seemingly recession-proof Washington area dominates the list of the nation’s wealthiest counties. For consumers, this means fewer meaningful choices. For new producers, the goal is often not to displace an incumbent firm but to be purchased by one. Even many tech entrepreneurs hope to sell to Google or Facebook rather than become the next big thing

Democrats, meanwhile, argue for a higher minimum wage, a more progressive income-tax code, stronger unions, and ObamaCare’s Medicaid expansion and exchange subsidies as the best alternative to a single-payer system. Others have pushed for breaking up larger companies—especially tech giants—expanding the earned-income tax credit, raising tariffs, and adopting a universal basic income as possible responses to the displacement caused by globalization and automation.

Small-government conservatives and their libertarian brethren still reject these notions. The biggest threat to American capitalism, they say, comes from liberalism and its incremental—but constant and accumulating—push for a larger, costlier and more powerful government.

They see reform proposals from moderate Republicans as attempts to be partway pregnant. They wonder why the GOP would want to become a weaker, cheaper version of the Democratic Party. Free-market Republicans argue that conservatives should be consistently pulling in the direction of lower taxes, less regulation and smaller government.

For all its faults, capitalism allocates resources more efficiently than other systems. Free markets maximize growth, offering producers the closest approximation of a merit-based system matching talent and effort with tangible rewards.

Any alternative involves bureaucratic, top-down approaches infused with political corruption and rent-seeking. For consumers, markets generate more total goods than centrally controlled systems do. This bottom-up approach responds to consumers’ preferences, rather than subjecting them to the whims of an elite ruling class.

Despite the media hype surrounding Ms. Ocasio-Cortez, the relevant debate isn’t really between socialism and capitalism. The president was right when he declared during the State of the Union: “America will never be a socialist country.” The real debate is whether to accept the creative destruction at the heart of the free-market system—a system responsible for so much prosperity around the world.

Mr. Jindal served as governor of Louisiana, 2008-16, and was a candidate for the 2016 Republican presidential nomination.

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Global Warming: A Complete Hoax Pushed by Corrupt Scientists ‘Hooked on Government Grants’

Greenpeace Founder: Global Warming Hoax Pushed by Corrupt Scientists ‘Hooked on Government Grants’

By Robert Kraychik

Breitbart News  March 7, 2019

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Greenpeace co-founder and former president of Greenpeace Canada Patrick Moore described the cynical and corrupt machinations fueling the narrative of anthropocentric global warming and “climate change” in a Wednesday interview on SiriusXM’s Breitbart News Tonight with hosts Rebecca Mansour and Joel Pollak.

Moore explained how fear and guilt are leveraged by proponents of climate change:

Fear has been used all through history to gain control of people’s minds and wallets and all else, and the climate catastrophe is strictly a fear campaign — well, fear and guilt — you’re afraid you’re killing your children because you’re driving them in your SUV and emitting carbon dioxide into the atmosphere and you feel guilty for doing that. There’s no stronger motivation than those two.

Scientists are co-opted and corrupted by politicians and bureaucracies invested in advancing the narrative of “climate change” in order to further centralize political power and control, explained Moore.

Moore noted how “green” companies parasitize taxpayers via favorable regulations and subsidies ostensibly justified by the aforementioned narrative’s claimed threats, all while enjoying propagandistic protection across news media”

And so you’ve got the green movement creating stories that instill fear in the public. You’ve got the media echo chamber — fake news — repeating it over and over and over again to everybody that they’re killing their children, and then you’ve got the green politicians who are buying scientists with government money to produce fear for them in the form of scientific-looking materials, and then you’ve got the green businesses, the rent-seekers and the crony capitalists who are taking advantage of massive subsidies, huge tax write-offs, and government mandates requiring their technologies to make a fortune on this, and then of course you’ve got the scientists who are willingly, they’re basically hooked on government grants.

When they talk about the 99 percent consensus [among scientists] on climate change, that’s a completely ridiculous and false numbers, but most of the scientists — put it in quotes, scientists — who are pushing this catastrophic theory are getting paid by public money.

They are not being paid by General Electric or Dupont or 3M to do this research, where private companies expect to get something useful from their research that might produce a better product and make them a profit in the end because people want it — build a better mousetrap type of idea — but most of what these so-called scientists are doing is simply producing more fear so that politicians can use it control people’s mind and get their votes because some of the people are convinced, ‘Oh, this politician can save my kid from certain doom.’

The narrative of anthropogenic global warming or “climate change” is an existential threat to reason, warned Moore:

It is the biggest lie since people thought the Earth was at the center of the universe. This is Galileo-type stuff. If you remember, Galileo discovered that the sun was at the center of the solar system and the Earth revolved around it. He was sentenced to death by the Catholic Church, and only because he recanted was he allowed to live in house arrest for the rest of his life.

So this was around the beginning of what we call the Enlightenment, when science became the way in which we gained knowledge instead of using superstition and instead of using invisible demons and whatever else, we started to understand that you have to have observation of actual events and then you have to repeat those observations over and over again, and that is basically the scientific method.

“But this abomination that is occurring today in the climate issue is the biggest threat to the Enlightenment that has occurred since Galileo,” declared Moore. “Nothing else comes close to it. This is as bad a thing that has happened o science in the history of science.”

Moore concluded, “It’s taking over science with superstition and a kind of toxic combination of religion and political ideology. There is no truth to this. It is a complete hoax and scam.”

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Dems have only themselves to blame for Ilhan Omar’s anti-Semitic comments – Michael Goodwin

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Their cowardice is not incidental to the problem. It is the problem.

Nor is it a coincidence that the Democratic Party is increasingly both the anti-Israel party and home to a growing number of anti-Semites. To be clear, the two things are not always the same, but something is going on when both are defining elements of a political organization.

One obvious truth is that Dems have failed to deal with anti-Semitism forthrightly, and now are confronted by a metastasizing cancer in their ranks.

Years ago, such as in 1984, when Jesse Jackson referred to New York as “Hymietown,” the outcry was slow at first but eventually unanimous. But Democrats are a different party today, in part because they moved sharply to the left under President Barack Obama. He had both prominent Jewish backers and a 20-year relationship with Wright, whose sermons mixed anti-Semitism with anti-Americanism.

Another development was Obama’s effort to lure Iran in from the pariah-state cold despite its vow to eliminate Israel. And as part of the party’s increased focus on social justice and income inequality, it found itself making common cause with radical bedfellows, including Occupy Wall Street, anarchists and other fringe elements.

To this day, the Nation of Islam’s Louis Farrakhan, who has long embraced dehumanizing imagery and language about Jews, is nonetheless held in high regard by some Democrats, including a handful of top black elected officials. A 2005 picture of Obama with Farrakhan, taken at a Congressional Black Caucus event, only recently surfaced, with the photographer saying he was pressured to keep it secret to protect Obama from criticism.

Tellingly, the emergence of the photo did more to normalize Farrakhan than hurt Obama.

While some far-left groups incorporate anti-Semitism into their global conspiracy theories, others couch their criticism of Israel only in political terms. Yet they never hold despotic regimes, such as Iran, Russia or China, to the same standards they hold Israel, reflecting both their own implicit bigotry and much of the United Nations’ as well.

Consider two groups, the Boycott Divestment and Sanctions movement and Students for Justice in Palestine, which sometimes overlap and have vocal representation on many college campuses, including in New York City.

The standard indoctrination equates Zionism with colonialism, and Jews with white oppressors. To be fair, these ideas are echoed in the national liberal media, including the New York Times, where Israel is blamed for everything wrong in the Middle East and where demands are made on Jews to make major concessions for peace while excuses are made for the fact that many Muslims refuse even to recognize Israel’s right to exist.

Is it any surprise that there is a rise of anti-Semitic incidents in America and in New York, where such incidents make up more than half of the hate crimes reported?

The various threads of Jew hatred, ancient and modern, discreet and naked, meet in the person of Linda Sarsour, a BDS supporter who helped found the Women’s March, part of the resistance movement against President Trump. Sarsour, a Palestinian-American, has made numerous anti-Jewish statements and she and other leaders of the movement stand accused of discriminating against Jewish women.

Sarsour, who supported Bernie Sanders in 2016, is also a big supporter of Mayor Bill de Blasio and received city grants for her Arab American Association, including $500,000 in 2016 alone.

Naturally, Sarsour defended Omar, and Tuesday she denounced Pelosi for even trying to condemn her anti-Semitism. “Nancy is a typical white feminist upholding the patriarchy doing the dirty work of powerful white men,” Sarsour wrote on Facebook. “God forbid the men are upset.”

Ah yes, race, gender, religion — they wouldn’t be Democrats if identity politics weren’t driving the bus.

None of this is to suggest there are no anti-Semites on the right. There clearly are, including those in white supremacist groups, such as appeared in the infamous 2017 rally at Charlottesville, Va.

At least some are members of the Republican Party.

But there is a major difference as it relates to Israel and Judaism: The evangelical Christian movement is almost exclusively Republican, and it is a fervent supporter of Israel growing out of biblical history and because Israel allows access to Christian holy sites in Jerusalem that were mostly closed under Arab rule.

As a result, any Republican who does not support Israel likely would be shunned by the evangelical movement, which in some states constitutes the largest single bloc of GOP voters.

As Democrats tear themselves apart over what to do about Omar, if anything, they must first realize they have no one to blame but themselves. Maybe then they will also realize that anti-Semitism, like most cancers, is fatal unless it’s removed.

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2018: The Most Successful Year for Americans By Victor Davis Hanson

 The year 2018 will be deplored by pundits as a bad year of more unpredictable Donald Trump, headlined by wild stock market gyrations, the melodramas of the Robert Mueller investigation and the musical-chair tenures of officials in the Trump administration.

The government is still shut down. Talk of impeachment by the newly Democrat-controlled House of Representatives is in the air. Seemingly every day there are sensational breakthroughs, scandals and bombshells that race through social media and the Internet — only to be forgotten by the next day.

In truth, aside from the Washington hysterias, 2018 was a most successful year for Americans.

In December, the United States reached a staggering level of oil production, pumping some 11.6 million barrels per day. For the first time since 1973, America is now the world’s largest oil producer.

Since Trump took office, the U.S. has increased its oil production by nearly 3 million barrels per day, largely as the result of fewer regulations, more federal leasing, and the continuing brilliance of American frackers and horizontal drillers.

It appears that there is still far more oil beneath U.S. soil than has ever been taken out. American production could soar even higher in the months ahead.

In addition, the United States remains the largest producer of natural gas and the second-greatest producer of coal. The scary old energy-related phraseology of the last half-century — “energy crisis,” “peak oil,” “oil embargo” — no longer exists.

Near-total energy self-sufficiency means the U.S. is no longer strategically leveraged by the Middle East, forced to pay exorbitant political prices to guarantee access to imported oil, or threatened by gasoline prices of $4 to $5 a gallon.

The American economy grew by 4.2 percent in the second quarter of 2018, and by 3.4 percent in the third quarter. American GDP is nearly $17 trillion larger than in January 2017, and nearly $8 trillion larger than the GDP of China. For all the talk of the Chinese juggernaut, three Chinese workers produce about 60 percent of the goods and services produced by one American worker.

In 2018, unemployment fell to a near-record peacetime low of 3.7 percent. That’s the lowest U.S. unemployment rate since 1969.

Black unemployment hit an all-time low in 2018. For the first time in memory, employers are seeking out entry-level workers rather than vice versa.

 

The poverty rate is also near a historic low, and household income increased. There are about 8 million fewer Americans living below the poverty line than there were eight years ago. Since January 2017, more than 3 million Americans have gone off so-called food stamps.

Abroad, lots of bad things that were supposed to happen simply did not.

After withdrawing from the Paris climate accord, the U.S. exceeded the annual percentage of carbon reductions of most countries that are part of the agreement.

North Korea and the U.S. did not go to war. Instead, North Korea has stopped its provocative nuclear testing and its launching of ballistic missiles over the territory of its neighbors.

Despite all the Trump bluster, NATO and NAFTA did not quite implode. Rather, allies and partners agreed to renegotiate past commitments and agreements on terms more favorable to the U.S.

The United States — and increasingly most of the world — is at last addressing the systematic commercial cheating, technological appropriation, overt espionage, intellectual-property theft, cyber intrusions and mercantilism of the Chinese government.

The Middle East is still chaotic, but it is a mess that is now far less important to the U.S. for a variety of reasons.

Energy-wise, America is not dependent on oil imports from corrupt Gulf monarchies or hostile Islamic states.  Strategy-wise, the new fault lines are not Arab and Islamic cultures versus Israel or the United States.  Instead, it is internecine strife within the Islamic world, mostly with Iran and its Shiite satellites opposing the Sunni Arab monarchies and more moderate Middle Eastern regimes.

For all the pro- and anti-Trump invective and media hysteria, the Brett Kavanaugh confirmation circus, and the bitter midterm elections, the U.S. was relatively calm in 2018 compared with the rest of the world.  There was none of the mass rioting, demonstrations and street violence that occurred recently in France, and none of the existential and unsolvable divides over globalization and Brexit that we saw in Europe

Europe’s three most powerful leaders — Angela Merkel of Germany, Emmanuel Macron of France and Theresa May of the United Kingdom — have worse approval ratings than the embattled Donald Trump.

In sum, the more media pundits claimed that America was on the brink of disaster in 2018, the more Americans became prosperous and secure.

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Israel’s Strategic Value to Western Civilization

Israel’s Strategic Value: Western Theater 2.0

By Mark Langfan

Israel IS NATO’s South-Eastern Flank Defending Cyprus, Rhodes, Crete, And Even Greece, Against Turkey And An Iranian-Occupied Israel.

1. Now, Israel’s battle-ready Order of Battle gives NATO a dependable, cost-effective, NATO-friendly shaped Battle Space to protect Greek Cyprus from a Turkish/Muslim Attack and devastation which began with the Turkish invasion in 1974.

2. Iran will first topple Jordan soon after a West Bank State is created.

Hamas will overthrow Fatah in the West Bank, as they already have overthrown Fatah in Gaza. A West Bank Hamas Palestinian State will have tens of thousands of smuggled Katyusha Rockets (including VX (persistent) and GB (Sarin) nerve agents (Janes) ranging over Tel Aviv and 70% of Israel’s Jewish population. On Iranian orders, Hamas will fire barrages of rockets into Tel Aviv and Jerusalem, provoking an Israeli attempt to mobilize to reinvade the West Bank which will trigger massive Arab/Iranian long-range missile strikes.

3. Such a simultaneous Muslim Scud/Katyusha attack from 5 different directions will annihilate Israel. Israel is NATO’s, and the West’s first, and only line of defense, against the Westward advance of the Iranian Caliphate or a Turkish resurrection of its Ottoman Empire. Turkey is trying to steal billions of dollars of Greek Cypriot and Israeli Eastern Mediterranean gas resources to fund billions of further Islamic Mediterranean military build-up.

4. Without Israel’s Order of Battle protecting Cyprus’ Southeastern Flank and Battle Space, with Turkish frigates and subs infesting the Southern Cyprus waters and cutting off any military reinforcements and with Haifa as Iran’s New Eastern Mediterranean Naval Base, Cyprus, Crete, Rhodes and even Greece will be lost to Turkey and the Iranian Shiite Caliphate. Iranian now-existing Shahib medium-range missiles (1000 miles) will range and cover southern Europe from their new bases in Yafo, Greater Iran. Greece will become indefensible. Iran and/or Turkey will be on Europe‘s doorstep.

The Author:  Mark Langfan is a Florida-based attorney who writes frequently on Middle Eastern affairs and security issues confronting Israel. He is also the Chairman for Americans For A Safe Israel.

(Ouch!!  Let us pray this acknowledged expert is wrong but who could take such a chance?  We must gird ourselves for battle now and make up for yesterday’s left wing illusions. The creation of a Palestinian state can only give succor and an overwhelming advantage to our sworn enemies and would be the height of suicidal capitulation.   jsk) 

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The New Nihilism

Redacted from an article by Victor Davis Hanson, February 18, 2019

As the 2020 election nears, there is as yet no coherent Democratic response to the Trump agenda. If Trump himself is unpopular and polarizing, his agenda is for the most part in sync with a majority of Americans who like the 3% annualized GDP growth; near-record peacetime unemployment; record natural gas and oil production; young, scholarly and constructionist justices; pro-Israel Mideast politics; and realism about NATO laxity, the flawed Iran Deal, and the Paris Climate Accord, Chinese mercantilism, and the past inability of the U.S. to translate battlefield victories abroad into lasting security and strategic advantages.

Yet hatred of Trump himself, as well as fear of a successful Trump agenda, has unhinged his opposition. From 2017-19, progressives sought to abort the Trump presidency through furor at his person and often pathetic attempts to invoke the Emoluments Clause, the 25th Amendment, the Logan Act, Articles of Impeachment, the Mueller special counsel investigation, former Deputy FBI Director Andrew McCabe’s counter-intelligence investigation of Trump, and cherry-picking federal justice to stay Trump initiatives. All failed.

Now the Left has decided to offer not just invective, but a new array of alternatives—often of a radical sort that we have not seen or heard about since the 1960s.

The Democratic Party is now in the hands of newcomer establishment figures such as Senators Corey Booker, Kirsten Gillibrand, Kamala Harris, Mazie Hirono; socialist Bernie Sanders and Elizabeth Warren; newly elected representatives Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez, Ilhan Omar, and Rashida Tlaib; and activists like Linda Sasour, Al Sharpton, Maxine Waters, and the usual Hollywood celebrities—all of whom Sen. Minority Leader Chuck Schumer, Speaker Nancy Pelosi, and former Vice President Joe Biden futilely try to appease.

The new Democratic idea of Medicare for all is tantamount to Medicare for no one. Abolishing private insurance would crash the health-care system. Once everyone is let into the Medicare system–despite never having contributed to it–the entire notion of a generational and legal bond is shattered. If birth is to be rationed by radical abortionists, soon life will be too—and on the same premise that a supposed defective or unwanted infant is as much a burden to the family and society as is a sick or unproductive senior.

The leftwing rebuttal of Trump’s economic agenda is apparently not now a return to Obama tax schedules. Much less is it a point-by-point refutation of Trump’s efforts to reduce regulations and taxes. Instead, new Democrats are calling for an unconstitutional “wealth tax” on the accumulation of already taxed income. They propose a radically new estate tax to confiscate already taxed income. And they envision new rates of 70% to 90% on the top brackets—on the logic that if the government does not get your savings account, or your estate, it can at least take your income.

The logic is again nihilistic: if lower taxes have created rare 3% per annum growth and near-record unemployment, then far higher taxes would do what exactly? Stall the economy to ensure a recession where everyone might be more equally poorer?

The country has long been divided on abortion, which has been legal by court decision for nearly half a century, with well over 50 million abortions performed since 1973. Half the country would still allow it; half want it ended. A fourth of Americans would forbid it under all circumstances including rape of the mother; the other quarter of the public would allow it to the point of delivery—or even after.

Yet the new Democratic position, as we see from efforts in New York and Virginia and in other states, is well beyond extreme. As Virginia governor Ralph Northam articulated the new laxity: the mother and doctor after birth could in theory and in mutual consultation agree to kill the delivered infant—a position shared only by a few countries such as North Korea and China where it de facto occurs. Endangered species of snails, worms, and rodents in theory earn more protection from radical progressives than do third-trimester unborn babies and delivered infants, who can be deemed without legal protection.

Vastly expanded natural gas and oil production has ended the Persian Gulf stranglehold on US foreign policy. Cheap fuel has empowered the middle classes and helped to expand the economy as well as created trillions of dollars in national treasure.

“The New Green Deal”, within a decade after its passing, would call for the end of the internal combustion engine, without ensuring that Americans have reasonable ground, air or sea transportation, affordable methods to heat and cool their homes, or the means to replace the sources of 83 percent of our generated electricity. Is the point to make power and fuel so expensive that few can use it—on the theory that the planet in 1840 was preferably cooler than it is now?

Again, these proposals are anarchic. They strain the imagination to find the most radical means necessary to destroy the very fabric of modern life as we know it, as if Venezuela, Cuba, and the old Soviet Union have taught us nothing.

According to a recent Yale-MIT joint study, nearly 20 million foreign nationals are currently residing in the U.S. illegally. In many places, the border is wide open. Local and state agencies are spending hundreds of billions of dollars to provide housing, food, education, legal counsel, and health care subsidies to those who crossed the border unlawfully. They do so often at the cost of shorting care to needy American citizens.

What is new the Democratic solution for open borders. Forbid any border fence or wall, although border barriers were mainstream Democratic tenets during the passage of the Secure Fence Act of 2006? Abolish the bureau of Immigration and Custom Enforcement (ICE), currently the only impediment between an additional 40-50 million illegal arrivals, given that international polls suggest as many as half the populations of Central American and Mexico would prefer to emigrate to the United States?

Currently, students and graduates owe collectively about $1.5 trillion in school debt, largely as a result of spiraling college costs. Universities have long jacked up the rates of tuition, and room and board, above the rate of inflation. The assurance of government-backed student loans has proved a narcotic for prodigality, especially given that such ensured obligations were never predicated on the applicants’ ability to repay such indebtedness.

The responsible bipartisan solution might be to work with higher education to reduce costs. More competition is needed in the financial market place. More online education, and on-the-job training and trade schools, can offer alternatives to traditional higher education.

In contrast, the nihilist approach would be to cancel all student debt, and make college “free” for all. Thereby, we would send a message to those who forewent college and have been working since 18 that they must shoulder the burden of the educational debts of their peers. Universities would feel little need to reform. Students would be even less pressured to finish their studies in a normative four years or to concentrate on curriculum choices that guaranteed literacy and fact-based education.

Why has the Democratic Party veered so sharply to the hard Left to the point of anarchism?

Advocacy for generations of youth also came at a price of not learning history, languages, science, math, and literature, the age-old menu of broad liberal arts education.  And the result is reified by the emergence of Rep. Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez, whose arrogance and ignorance are emblematic of the worth of a costly Boston University degree.

Most of the nihilistic positions are also funded by wealthy Americans on behalf of poor Americans. Rich leftwing activism reflects a an almost Medieval desire for penance and exemption. Progressive philanthropists virtue-signal their class solidarity without real costs to their own privilege, while assuaging abstract guilt. In other words, never have the representatives of the very rich and the subsidized poor been so eager to make the middle classes pay for their agendas.

Finally, the new nihilism is often advanced through social media and the Internet. These are frighteningly intrusive media in which millions can electronically and anonymously bully, pontificate, and slander without consequence, and in the expectation that the more radical, the more instantaneous, and the more polarizing an argument, the more likely it will gain attention from the internet mob. We saw the dangers of the electronic mob in the smearing of the Covington high schoolers and the supposed “hate crime”  against Jussie Smollett.

Force-multipliers of this new thumbs-up/thumbs-down electronic absolutism are the providers themselves, such as Google, Facebook, Twitter, and Apple. In various ways, Silicon Valley has been caught censoring traditional views, warping searches to promote progressivism, and banning participants in asymmetrical partisan fashion.

In sum, the emerging alternative to Trump is not Democratic pragmatism, but an angry nihilism that is as incoherent as it is destructive.

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A  Dismal History of US treatment of Black Americans

A Look at African-American History, Through the Numbers

In recognition of Black History Month, here are a few facts and figures about the African-American experience in the U.S.

By Jo Craven McGinty

The Wall Street Journal Feb. 16-17, 2019

Four hundred years ago, the first Africans arrived in what is now the U.S.

In recognition of that anniversary and of Black History Month, here are a few numbers that help describe their experience and that of their descendants.

More than 10 million Africans were forcibly transported to the New World in 36,000 voyages between the 16th and 19th centuries, but only around 400,000 ended up in what became the U.S., according to slavevoyages.org.

“A vast majority of slaves didn’t come to the U.S.,” said Paul Finkelman, editor of the Encyclopedia of African American History and president of Gratz College in Melrose Park, Pa.

“They went to Brazil and the Caribbean. That’s something people don’t expect.”

Almost all of the Africans who were enslaved in the U.S. arrived before the American Revolution, Dr. Finkelman said, and thousands fought in the War for Independence.

Scholars’ estimates vary dramatically, but the National Museum of African American History and Culture uses these figures: Around 20,000 free or enslaved black colonials sided with the British, while more than 5,000 fought with the colonial revolutionaries.

  • “Blacks were leaving the plantation to join the British because the British promised freedom,” said Malik Russell, communications director of the NAACP.

In 1986, then-President Ronald Reagan signed the Black Revolutionary War Patriots Act authorizing a memorial to be built in Washington, D.C., in their honor. The National Liberty Memorial, as it is known, has yet to be built.

When the Revolutionary War began, slavery was legal in every one of the 13 colonies, Dr. Finkelman said, and remained legal in all 13 states as the new country was born.

However, the percentage of African-Americans living in each one differed. In places like New Hampshire and Massachusetts, the population was 1% or 2% black. In states like Virginia and South Carolina, the population ranged from 40% to more than 50%.

For about 20 years following the American Revolution, virtually no Africans came to the U.S. But starting in 1803, over a five-year period South Carolina and Georgia brought in about 60,000 new slaves from Africa, Dr. Finkelman said, anticipating that Congress would soon end the slave trade—and it did.

The Act Prohibiting Importation of Slaves went into effect on Jan. 1, 1808, the earliest date permitted by the Constitution—although some slaves continued to be smuggled in.

Between the signing of the Emancipation Proclamation in 1863 and the ratification of the 13th Amendment in 1865, about 4 million slaves were freed.

“This was the largest transfer of wealth in the history of the U.S.,” Dr. Finkelman said. “This is $2 billion in 1860 dollars in terms of property.”

In comparison, the value of slave labor, by one scholar’s estimate, would have exceeded $87 billion at that time. Thomas Craemer, a professor of public policy at the University of Connecticut, estimated the value using free labor market wages of the day, with 3% interest, assuming 12 hours of daily labor on the part of the slaves from 1776 through 1860.

More than 200,000 African-Americans had fought in the Civil War, according to the Museum of African American History and Culture. Ironically, when it ended, the power of the defeated states increased.

Closing the Gap: Black representation in Congress is coming closer to mirroring U.S. demographics.

Sources: U.S. Census Bureau, CongressionalBiographical Directory, U.S. House History

Because of the Three-Fifths Compromise of 1787, only three of every five slaves had been counted for apportionment of representatives to the U.S. House, but after they were freed, all were counted.

“Former Confederate states had more representatives in Congress than they had before the Civil War,” Dr. Finkelman said, “but they didn’t let blacks vote, so southern whites had even more political power, not less.”

The Civil Rights Act of 1964 and the Voting Rights Act of 1965 altered the political landscape, but change occurred slowly. In 132 years, from 1881 until 2013, previous slaveholding states elected no blacks to the U.S. Senate, and in 68 years, from 1901 until 1969, they elected no blacks to the U.S. House of Representatives.

During the Great Migration, millions of African-Americans left the South in search of work and to escape segregation and violence. Between 1880 and 1922, an African-American was lynched more than once a week, according to Dr. Finkelman, and by 1968, there had been about 4,800 lynchings, mostly of African-Americans.

The Justice for Victims of Lynching Act of 2018—the latest of more than 200 anti-lynching bills introduced in Congress—was passed by the Senate in December, but it isn’t yet law!

“It didn’t make its way through the House,” Mr. Russell said, noting that eradicating lynchings was a primary goal of the NAACP when it formed 110 years ago.

The largest number of African-Americans still live in former slave states, where allegations of voter suppression persist.

“People of African ancestry have been here since 1619,” Dr. Finkelman said. “They have had a tremendous impact on the country in a wide variety of ways, and despite their numbers and their many contributions, they have been denied political power, political access and economic access.”

In many ways, he said, it has been a dismal history.

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Wall Bill A Disaster. Trump undermined completely

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5 insane provisions in the amnesty omnibus bill

By Daniel Horowitz · February 14, 2019  

Before getting into the details of this crazy omnibus bill, it’s important to recognize that we don’t understand all the details. The worst provisions are written in vague language ensconced in an 1,169-page bill, which has already been posted online in two different versions (the first was 10 pages shorter).

That is exactly why Democrats are salivating to vote on this within a few hours of passage, which is exactly why Trump has a responsibility to oppose it immediately and demand at least a short-term clean continuing resolution so that he can digest the consequences of this bill. If he cannot make that simple demand, which would not even trigger a phony shutdown, then his presidency is worthless.

The process is indefensible: It is immoral, from any ideological perspective, to vote on an 1,169-page omnibus with new provisions on immigration amid a border crisis. We are already four and a half months into this fiscal year and have been operating on stopgap bills.

There is no rush to vote on something like this, which will fund seven departments for the remainder of the year, within a few hours when we should have another stopgap bill while we debate, and even discover, the contents of this long-term bill that makes important statutory changes. The only reason one would pursue this process is to hide things from the American people.

Here are the immediate issues to flag:

  1. Less of a wall than even what Democrats already agreed to: Trump originally demanded $25 billion for the wall. Then he negotiated himself down to $5.6 billion. Democrats balked and only agreed to $1.6 billion. This bill calls it a day at $1.375 billion, enough to construct 55 miles. But it’s worse than that.
  2. This bill limits the president’s ability to construct “barriers” to just the Rio Grande Valley sector and only bollard fencing, not concrete walls of any kind. There’s no ability to adapt. Furthermore, section 231 prohibits construction even within the RGV in five locations that are either federal or state lands.
  3. Remember, the challenge with building a wall in Texas is that, unlike in other states, the feds need to navigate issues with private lands. The first place you’d construct fencing is on public lands, which are now prohibited. The national parks along the border have gotten so bad that park rangers are scared to travel alone in them.

Liberal local officials have veto power over wall: Actually, on second thought, it’s likely that not a single mile of fence will be built. Section 232(a) of this bill states that “prior to use of any funds made available by this Act for the construction of physical barriers” the Department of Homeland Security “shall confer and seek to reach mutual agreement regarding the design and alignment of physical barriers within that city.” With whom must the feds consult?

“The local elected officials.” Now you can understand the brilliance of limiting the wall to the Rio Grande Valley. These are the most liberal counties on the border (thanks to demographics of open borders itself!), and there is practically no local official who supports the wall in these counties.

What are the consequences? This bill stipulates that “Such consultations shall continue until September 30, 2019 (or until agreement is reached, if earlier) and may be extended beyond that date by agreement of the parties, and no funds made available in this Act shall be used for such construction while consultations are continuing.”

Thus, all the Beto O’Rourke type of politicians in that region have de facto veto power. There’s a reason why they didn’t authorize fencing in conservative counties like Cochise and Yuma in Arizona.

This bill contains a blatant amnesty for the worst cartel smugglers: Section 224(a) prohibits the deportation of anyone who is sponsoring an “unaccompanied” minor illegal alien – or who says they might sponsor a UAC, or lives in a household with a UAC, or a household that potentially might sponsor a UAC.

It’s truly difficult to understate the betrayal behind this provision. One of the driving factors of the invasion is the misinterpretation of the UAC law. Under current law, Central American teenagers are only treated as refugees if they are A) a victim of “A severe form of trafficking” and B) have no relatives in the country.

Yet almost all of them are self-trafficked by these very illegal relatives who are indeed present in the country. Rather than clamping down on this fleecing of the American people, the bill gives amnesty to the very people paying the cartels to invade us!

“We can call this the MS-13 Household Protection Act of 2019,” said Jessica Vaughan of the Center for Immigration Studies. “We know that 80 percent of the UAC sponsors are in the country illegally. The number of people this would protect would reach into the hundreds of thousands, if all of the household or potential household members are counted.

ICE has estimated that 30-40 percent of the MS-13 members it has arrested in the last two years arrived as UACs. There is no reason to shield any of these individuals from deportation. After all, if the minor is living with family, they should no longer be considered unaccompanied anyway. If there are illegal aliens here who do not yet have a child here to serve as a deportation shield, this certainly is an incentive for them to make the arrangements to bring one.”

More funding to manage and induce the invasion rather than to deter it: While offering no new funding for ICE deportation agents or immigration judges to speed up asylum claims, as the president requested, this bill adds another $40 million for the Alternatives to Detention (ATD) program, which moves asylum seekers to facilities in the interior of the country, where they are usually released.

Vaughan, who has studied interior immigration enforcement for decades, warned that “this bill will further expand and institutionalize the catch-and-release policies for those arriving illegally at the border from all over the world.”

 What are the effects of the ATD program? “Most of these people have no intention of asking for asylum and know they don’t qualify for it, but are simply joining the illegal population, knowing it’s unlikely that they will be deported.

The bill funds ‘case management’ staff to keep tabs on those who don’t abscond immediately, but no money for ICE officers to find and remove them. This is going to saddle the communities that have been forced to absorb these new arrivals with billions of dollars of future costs for schooling, health care, and other welfare services.”

At the same time, this bill reduces border detention beds from 49,060 to 40,520 rather than expanding them as Trump demanded. It contains no funding for more border agents. It offers $3.4 billion for refugee resettlement, more than last year’s record levels. Remember, much of the refugee program has been used not just for bringing in traditional refugees from overseas but to resettle the aforementioned Central American teenagers being self-trafficked through the border, empowering cartels, and taking advantage of us.

Doubling low-skilled workers: This bill (p. 1,161) doubles the number of H-2B non-agricultural, unskilled seasonal workers who will continue to be a public charge on America. This gives you a glimpse of what is driving this amnesty bill on the Republican side.

This is just a cursory glance through the bill. Taken together, these provisions will aggravate the criminal conspiracy of the cartels and continue the invasion. Just this week, 1,800 family units came in during one 24-hour period, a new record. The message of this bill is to come here and seek bogus asylum or to grab a kid and you and others will get amnesty. Plus, there are no wall or policy changes to mitigate these effects.

Moreover, this bill will likely override Trump’s executive powers because of the sneaky limitations on wall construction. This is the sort of omnibus bill that ensnared Reagan in Iran-Contra. Signing this bill will undermine his case for an emergency at the border both legally and politically.

If Trump signs this bill instead of vetoing it and firing the people in the White House promoting it, he deserves to lose re-election.

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Ann Coulter – Nut Case embarrassment to her Christian heritage

Ann Coulter again..”If Jews Had Any Brains, They’d Be Christians    (Huh!)
Redacted from an excellent article by Gerald A. Honigman
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Ann Coulter was recently in the news again. This time it was for accusing Asians and Jews of wanting to be blacks https://www.newsweek.com/ann-coulter-twitter-tirade-ice-official-1322680.

Hey, don’t pick on Ann. She’s a truly loving soul.

In fact, she’s freely shared her very Christian love with many others over the years–including her late conservative Jewish actor friend, Ron Silver (a truly good guy), who brought her much joy by eating the host of the Christian communion at Sunday services with her.

I heard that selfless Ann tried real hard to save Ron’s soul from eternal damnation by encouraging his conversion to Christianity on his deathbed from cancer about a decade ago. As a Jew (or Buddhist, Hindu, Muslim, Sikh,  etc.), Ron could not get through the Pearly Gates in official Christian beliefs (“no gettin’ to the Father except through the Son,” etc.). I don’t know what Ron’s final decision was, but you can’t say that Saint Ann didn’t try https://www.wnd.com/2009/03/92155/.

This latest Coulterian episode brought back memories. Back in October 2007, for example, she appeared on Donny Deutsch’s CNBC television program, The Big Idea https://www.thedailybeast.com/trump-supporter-ann-coulter-slams-pandering-to-f-ing-jews.

In the midst of discussing her own then new book, If Democrats Had Any Brains, They’d Be Republicans, she lectured her Jewish host that Jews needed to be “perfected”…you know, like she and her fellow Christians are.

Those same perfected folks who murdered and humiliated countless millions of G_d’s children over the millennia for not accepting Christianity’s version of Divine truth.

Guess what? Islam spread the same way--especially when encountering those non-Peoples of the Book in points east on the Indian subcontinent and elsewhere.. Keep in mind as well that when the Coulters now get a taste of their own previous medicine, courtesy of jihadi Islamofascists, they throw a supreme hissy fit (not that it really makes a difference who’s dishing out intolerance in G_d’s name).

I mean, after all, why can’t Jews just see all the good Christian “love” brought them over the ages… forced conversions, inquisitions, ghettos, crusades, expulsions, blood libels, autos-da-fe, subjugation, pogroms, humiliation, countless massacres, the Holocaust…

Churches in Europe still have statues and pictures commemorating such things as Jews stabbing the host of the Eucharist to “kill Jesus” yet again (that same host Ann encouraged her pal Ron Silver to eat); a fallen, stubborn Jewish princess with blinders over her eyes; Jews kidnapping Christian children to use their blood for religious purposes (have you ever read about Little Hugh of Lincoln in Chaucer’s Canterbury Tales?);

Jews poisoning wells to cause plague; and so forth. Indeed, the first picture of a Jew in England is entitled, “Aaron, son of the Devil.” And even the enlightened Michelangelo’s sculpture of Moses has what most viewers will see as Devil’s horns coming from his head…regardless of some “rays of light” explanations.

The cold, hard fact is that the road to Auschwitz was paved for centuries with Coulter’s Christian “love.”

Many Jews know Christian theology very well. I certainly do… But do Christians like Coulter ever ask themselves why Jews are “stubborn” and “blind” to their attempts to cram their “love” up Semitic derrieres?

Perhaps a well-known ancient Roman historian can explain it for them.

You see, when Rome persecuted Christians, it was largely because the only thing they knew about the latter was that their leader was crucified as just another of many potential Jewish patriots and possible Messianic deliverers against Roman oppression.

Christians were just one sect of Jews by another name…those same people who took on the mighty Roman Empire for over a century for their freedom and independence. Visit or see a picture of the Arch of Titus, standing tall in Rome to this very day, to see how Rome felt about its victory over the Jews.  Or see a Roman Judaea Capta coin of conquest issued after the first major revolt from 66-73 C.E. There’s one on the front cover of my book http://q4j-middle-east.com.

You see, while other ancient peoples deified their great leaders, Jews bent over backwards to show the gulf between man and G_d…the ethical G_d of history whom, by the way, they introduced to the world. Coulter would still be practicing fertility rights, child sacrifice, and such if not for this “blind people’s” faith.

Furthermore, for a number of reasons (not the least being a large resurgence of anti-Semitism throughout the world), Christians who claim to be the Jews’ friends need to be the forces and voices confronting the Ann Coulters and their Replacement Theology clerical mentors…not their still vulnerable, minority Jewish brothers and sisters.

 

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5 insane provisions in the amnesty omnibus bill

5 insane provisions in the amnesty omnibus bill

 · February 14, 2019  
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Before getting into the details of this crazy omnibus bill, it’s important to recognize that we don’t understand all the details. The worst provisions are written in vague language ensconced in an 1,169-page bill, which has already been posted online in two different versions (the first was 10 pages shorter). That is exactly why Democrats are salivating to vote on this within a few hours of passage, which is exactly why Trump has a responsibility to oppose it immediately and demand at least a short-term clean continuing resolution so that he can digest the consequences of this bill. If he cannot make that simple demand, which would not even trigger a phony shutdown, then his presidency is worthless.

The process is indefensible: It is immoral, from any ideological perspective, to vote on an 1,169-page omnibus with new provisions on immigration amid a border crisis. We are already four and a half months into this fiscal year and have been operating on stopgap bills. There is no rush to vote on something like this, which will fund seven departments for the remainder of the year, within a few hours when we should have another stopgap bill while we debate, and even discover, the contents of this long-term bill that makes important statutory changes. The only reason one would pursue this process is to hide things from the American people.

Here are the immediate issues to flag:

1) Less of a wall than even what Democrats already agreed to: Trump originally demanded $25 billion for the wall. Then he negotiated himself down to $5.6 billion. Democrats balked and only agreed to $1.6 billion. This bill calls it a day at $1.375 billion, enough to construct 55 miles. But it’s worse than that. This bill limits the president’s ability to construct “barriers” to just the Rio Grande Valley sector and only bollard fencing, not concrete walls of any kind. There’s no ability to adapt. Furthermore, section 231 prohibits construction even within the RGV in five locations that are either federal or state lands. Remember, the challenge with building a wall in Texas is that, unlike in other states, the feds need to navigate issues with private lands. The first place you’d construct fencing is on public lands, which are now prohibited. The national parks along the border have gotten so bad that park rangers are scared to travel alone in them.

2) Liberal local officials have veto power over wall: Actually, on second thought, it’s likely that not a single mile of fence will be built. Section 232(a) of this bill states that “prior to use of any funds made available by this Act for the construction of physical barriers” the Department of Homeland Security “shall confer and seek to reach mutual agreement regarding the design and alignment of physical barriers within that city.” With whom must the feds consult? “The local elected officials.” Now you can understand the brilliance of limiting the wall to the Rio Grande Valley. These are the most liberal counties on the border (thanks to demographics of open borders itself!), and there is practically no local official who supports the wall in these counties.

What are the consequences? This bill stipulates that “Such consultations shall continue until September 30, 2019 (or until agreement is reached, if earlier) and may be extended beyond that date by agreement of the parties, and no funds made available in this Act shall be used for such construction while consultations are continuing.” Thus, all the Beto O’Rourke type of politicians in that region have de facto veto power. There’s a reason why they didn’t authorize fencing in conservative counties like Cochise and Yuma in Arizona.

3) This bill contains a blatant amnesty for the worst cartel smugglers: Section 224(a) prohibits the deportation of anyone who is sponsoring an “unaccompanied” minor illegal alien – or who says they might sponsor a UAC, or lives in a household with a UAC, or a household that potentially might sponsor a UAC. It’s truly difficult to understate the betrayal behind this provision. One of the driving factors of the invasion is the misinterpretation of the UAC law. Under current law, Central American teenagers are only treated as refugees if they are A) a victim of “A severe form of trafficking” and B) have no relatives in the country. Yet almost all of them are self-trafficked by these very illegal relatives who are indeed present in the country. Rather than clamping down on this fleecing of the American people, the bill gives amnesty to the very people paying the cartels to invade us!

“We can call this the MS-13 Household Protection Act of 2019,” said Jessica Vaughan of the Center for Immigration Studies. “We know that 80 percent of the UAC sponsors are in the country illegally. The number of people this would protect would reach into the hundreds of thousands, if all of the household or potential household members are counted. ICE has estimated that 30-40 percent of the MS-13 members it has arrested in the last two years arrived as UACs. There is no reason to shield any of these individuals from deportation. After all, if the minor is living with family, they should no longer be considered unaccompanied anyway. If there are illegal aliens here who do not yet have a child here to serve as a deportation shield, this certainly is an incentive for them to make the arrangements to bring one.”

4) More funding to manage and induce the invasion rather than to deter it: While offering no new funding for ICE deportation agents or immigration judges to speed up asylum claims, as the president requested, this bill adds another $40 million for the Alternatives to Detention (ATD) program, which moves asylum seekers to facilities in the interior of the country, where they are usually released. Vaughan, who has studied interior immigration enforcement for decades, warned that “this bill will further expand and institutionalize the catch-and-release policies for those arriving illegally at the border from all over the world.”

 What are the effects of the ATD program? “Most of these people have no intention of asking for asylum and know they don’t qualify for it, but are simply joining the illegal population, knowing it’s unlikely that they will be deported. The bill funds ‘case management’ staff to keep tabs on those who don’t abscond immediately, but no money for ICE officers to find and remove them. This is going to saddle the communities that have been forced to absorb these new arrivals with billions of dollars of future costs for schooling, health care, and other welfare services.”

At the same time, this bill reduces border detention beds from 49,060 to 40,520 rather than expanding them as Trump demanded. It contains no funding for more border agents. It offers $3.4 billion for refugee resettlement, more than last year’s record levels. Remember, much of the refugee program has been used not just for bringing in traditional refugees from overseas but to resettle the aforementioned Central American teenagers being self-trafficked through the border, empowering cartels, and taking advantage of us.

5) Doubling low-skilled workers: This bill (p. 1,161) doubles the number of H-2B non-agricultural, unskilled seasonal workers who will continue to be a public charge on America. This gives you a glimpse of what is driving this amnesty bill on the Republican side.

This is just a cursory glance through the bill. Taken together, these provisions will aggravate the criminal conspiracy of the cartels and continue the invasion. Just this week, 1,800 family units came in during one 24-hour period, a new record. The message of this bill is to come here and seek bogus asylum or to grab a kid and you and others will get amnesty. Plus, there are no wall or policy changes to mitigate these effects.

Moreover, this bill will likely override Trump’s executive powers because of the sneaky limitations on wall construction. This is the sort of omnibus bill that ensnared Reagan in Iran-Contra. Signing this bill will undermine his case for an emergency at the border both legally and politically.

If Trump signs this bill instead of vetoing it and firing the people in the White House promoting it, he deserves to lose re-election.

What the Press War on Trump Reveals


By Monica Crowley

Washington Times,  January 28, 2019

What does a president have to do to get a fair shake from the press?

No Republican president is going to get consistently even-handed coverage from a press corps more interested in protecting an opposing agenda and maintaining approval from their peers.

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But if you’re Donald Trump, you’re a target of a different kind. Mr. Trump’s populist approach represents an existential threat to everyone, press included, with a vested interest in the corrupt status quo.

If he succeeds, it’s curtains for them, and they know it. Therefore he must be destroyed at all costs, even if that means ripping apart the U.S. Constitution, the truth, the rule of law, the social fabric and basic human decency.

Two years into his presidency, the forces arrayed against him are growing more dishonest and panicky. As the original plan to undermine him and ruin his presidency — the Russian collusion fairy tale — unravels, they are flailing for something else with which to destroy him.

In the meantime, the media refuse to grant him an honest accounting of his remarkable achievements at the midway point of his first term. Former Presidents Bill Clinton and Barack Obama often received glowing reviews and/or protective coverage — even when, perhaps especially when, bad things befell their presidencies.

But Mr. Trump doesn’t even receive crumbs. In fact, a recent study by the Media Research Center found that 90 percent of network television coverage of Mr. Trump and his administration is negative.

It’s true that Mr. Trump often steps on his own good news with an ill-timed tweet or blow-up over some small matter. But the media’s anti-Trump posture appears to be all-consuming, even at the risk of imploding their own credibility, as the latest BuzzFeed fake news debacle illustrates. If a story hits Mr. Trump, it’s often considered too good to check. Print or broadcast now, ask questions later.

While the gatekeepers aren’t looking, however, Mr. Trump is delivering what he promised: A far stronger country.  (His totally amazing list of mind-boggling achievements in just a two year period:)

Thanks to his pro-growth policies, a thriving economy is underway. Real gross domestic product (GDP) growth exceeded 3 percent over the last four quarters.

More than 5 million jobs have been created since 2016, and the unemployment rate remains below 4 percent. This historically low unemployment has particularly benefited blacks, Latinos and women, and poverty rates among those groups have also fallen to record lows.

Wages are up in recent months, with workers enjoying their largest nominal year over year wage growth in nearly a decade.

Mr. Trump is also fulfilling his promise to bring back American manufacturing. The National Association of Manufacturers’ Outlook Index had the highest annual average in its history over the past year. Manufacturing added a staggering 284,000 jobs in 2018, the most added in a year since 1997.

He’s also made extraordinary strides on trade, negotiating a new agreement between the U.S., Canada and Mexico to replace the counterproductive North American Free Trade Agreement, renegotiating the U.S.Korea Free Trade Agreement to preserve and grow jobs in the auto industry and increase American exports, launching new trade talks with Japan and the European Union, and through an unwavering application of tariffs, bringing China to the table.

Mr. Trump has also unleashed the United States’ vast energy resources, approving pipelines and fracking, and leading the United States to become a net natural gas exporter for the first time in 60 years.

He continues to chip away at the regulatory burden of Obamacare while introducing market and patient-based reforms to expand access to quality, affordable health care.

He’s remaking the federal judiciary with constitutional conservatives, and he’s secured confirmation to the U.S. Supreme Court of two justices.

From the start, he’s taken a firm stand on enforcing the border, existing immigration laws and the rule of law, including staring down Democrats in a lengthy government shutdown over border security.

He’s rebuilding a military left hollowed-out by years of budget cuts, begun reform of the Veteran’s Administration, decimated ISIS’ territorial caliphate, exited the disastrous Iran nuclear deal, moved the U.S. embassy in Israel to Jerusalem (inspiring other nations to follow suit), began denuclearization talks with North Korea and secured the return of American hostages and the remains of U.S. soldiers from Pyongyang.

And he’s done it all gratis, having donated his presidential salary each quarter he’s been in office. A thankless job is even more thankless when not drawing a salary.

Any president with this level of success would be getting at least a few plaudits from the press. But Mr. Trump isn’t “any president.” He is a direct threat against the entrenched interests of the swamp. For the elite media mavens, he therefore deserves little to no coverage that might cast him in a positive light — even if that coverage is honest and fair.

The press is often aghast at Mr. Trump’s righteous indignation directed their way. But perhaps what worries them most is that by exposing them, he will render them largely irrelevant.

• Monica Crowley is a columnist for The Washington Times.

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Why do the Europeans still support Iran? – Just follow the money

Why do the Europeans still support Iran: It’s the money, stupid.

BY FLAME

February 5, 2019

So threatened are members of the European Union by the U.S. exit from the Iran Nuclear Deal—and the re-imposition of harsh U.S. sanctions on the Islamic Republic—that last week Germany, France and Britain announced a new work-around: The Instrument in Support of Trade Exchanges (INSTEX).

INSTEX is essentially a primitive barter system—enabling companies and countries to enter into trades of European goods for Iranian goods—thus bypassing the U.S.-dollar-dominated international banking system and avoiding U.S. sanctions on those who do business with Iran.

However, the objective of INSTEX is not to prevent Iran from developing nuclear weapons—the Iran Deal already ensures a smooth runway to such WMDs. Rather, the Europeans are threatened by the loss of newly booming trade with Iran that U.S. sanctions promise to shut down.

In other words, the E.U. is not concerned about the safety of the world’s people—and regarding the safety of Israel, which Iran bellicosely vows to destroy on a daily basis, forget about it.

Bill Clinton once famously analyzed the key issue in his presidential election with his pithy, “It’s the economy, stupid.” For the E.U., it’s the money, stupid.

While concern about trade with Iran is clearly in the E.U.’s—and Iran’s—rational self-interest, we should allow no mistake: Under the current Iran Deal, the Islamic Republic will acquire murderous nuclear weapons, it will continue to develop ballistic missiles that can carry those weapons to Europe (and Israel), and it will continue to pursue a global imperialist strategy via Islamist terrorism.

As if that weren’t enough, Iran was just months ago caught red-handed by European intelligence as it engineered terror plots and plans to assassinate Iranian opposition leaders on European soil.

While the E.U. made small noises of protest to these violations of its sovereignty, the transgressions were not enough to dampen the allure of billions in new trade.

Indeed, trade opened up by the Iran Deal (formally called the Joint Comprehensive Plan of Action, or JCPOA) has been substantial. Remember that the E.U., before JCPOA relieved sanctions, was Iran’s largest trading partner.

For France, in 2017 alone, JCPOA relief has meant a deal to develop an Iranian gas field worth $4.8 billion, and an Airbus agreement to build 100 aircraft for Iran to the tune of $18 billion.

Germany, once Iran’s largest trade partner, has rebuilt trade with Teheran from $2 billion in 2013 to $3.5 billion in 2017—and it continues to grow. Austria’s trade with Iran grew 34% in 2017. Italy’s trade during 2016-2017 grew 117%.

In 2016-2017, E.U. exports to Iran grew by 31.5%, and imports grew 83.9%—and the E.U. is now Iran’s third largest trading partner, exceeded only by China and the United Arab Emirates. The E.U. is no doubt aiming to return to its number-one position.

No wonder that ever since President Trump announced his decision to leave the Iran Deal and reintroduce sanctions, the Europeans have been genuflecting to Ayatollah Khamenei, trying desperately to salvage their burgeoning billions in trade with the Iranian outlaws.

While President Trump campaigned on promoting U.S. interests above those of all other nations—and he encourages other countries to act with similar self-interest—in this notable case Trump is not pursuing financial gain for the U.S., but rather U.S. and global security (including that of Israel). Obviously, the Europeans have baser motivations.

Yet clearly, the European strategy is already backfiring. U.S. Secretary of State Pompeo has made clear that companies seeking to bypass U.S. sanctions by trading with Iran in any form will be held accountable. Iran has also recently been implicated in assassination and terror plots in Denmark, Albania, Austria, Belgium and France—even as the Europeans implement desperate machinations to help Teheran and themselves financially.

As the adult in the room, the U.S. should hold fast to its decision to harshly punish Iran and all those who would aid the Islamic Republic (even as they fill their own pockets).

But even more, E.U. members should heed Pompeo’s October 2018 exhortation: “We are asking every nation who is sick and tired of the Islamic Republic’s destructive behavior to join our pressure campaign. This especially goes for our allies in the Middle East and Europe, people who have themselves been terrorized by the violent regime’s activity for decades.”

For pro-Israel activists, our position is clear: We should support all U.S. efforts to block Iran’s deadly global aggression, including, especially, its efforts to develop nuclear weapons. This includes measures to persuade E.U. members to shift their priorities from short-term business deals to long-term global security.

Please forward this FLAME Hotline to your friends, family and fellow congregants, so they, too, can help us tell the true story of Iran’s evil intent and the E.U.’s complicity.

I hope you’ll also quickly visit FLAME’s lively new Facebook page and review the P.S. immediately below, which describes FLAME’s recent hasbarah campaign asserting the need for Israel to maintain its sovereignty over the strategically critical Golan Heights on the border of Syria.

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Please pardon my ethnic pride. But hey, he is the only football player we ever had that won the MVP!

Patriots’ Julian Edelman becomes first-ever Jewish player to win Super Bowl MVP

Edelman has 10 receptions for 141 yards as he helps New England Patriots win a low-scoring final in Atlanta after he was forced to sit out last year’s game with an injury

By AGENCIES

4 February 2019

New England Patriots’ Julian Edelman (11) holds the Vince Lombardi Trophy after the NFL Super Bowl 53 football game against the Los Angeles Rams, Sunday, Feb. 3, 2019, in Atlanta. The Patriots won 13-3. Edelman was named the Most Valuable Player. 

ATLANTA  — The Patriots’ Julian Edelman was selected as the Super Bowl MVP while helping lift the Patriots to a 13-3 victory over the Los Angeles Rams on Sunday night, apparently becoming the first-ever Jewish player to win the honor.

Edelman was forced to watch only as a spectator a year ago as his disappointed Patriots teammates trudged off the field as Super Bowl losers.

Catch after catch in this one, Tom Brady’s favorite wide receiver helped make them winners again as Edelman had 10 receptions for 141 yards.

The two met at midfield with confetti flying, and embraced for several moments — eyes filled with the tears of champions.

 New England Patriots’ Julian Edelman, left, and Tom Brady celebrate after the NFL Super Bowl 53 football game against the Los Angeles Rams, February 3, 2019, in Atlanta. The Patriots won 13-3. (AP Photo/Charlie Riedel)

“I’m pretty ecstatic,” Edelman said. “I’m emotionally pooped. I’m physically and emotionally pooped.”

Edelman, one of only a few Jewish players in the league, is certainly the most successful, through his role as Brady’s favorite target. The Brady-to-Edelman connection has been a major part of the Patriots’ dominance in recent years, and the pair have now won three Super Bowls together.

Edelman, 32, also is the most outwardly Jewish NFL player, embracing that side of his identity over time. He has a Jewish father but was not raised in the religion, and through the Patriots front office often would defer on questions about his religion.

Congratulations to @Patriots and the Jewish people’s Mega-mensch owner, Robert Kraft for winning his 6th Super Bowl trophy and to Julian Edelman, a gridiron Maccabee, for winning the MVP trophy.

He didn’t establish himself as a standout until the 2013 season. Coincidentally or not, it was during his breakout year that Edelman identified as Jewish in an interview with the NFL Network.

Since then, he has shown his Jewish pride on a number of occasions. In a 2014 game, for instance, he wore a pin featuring the Israeli flag. He has tweeted about Jewish holidays. He even went on a Birthright-style trip to Israel, and has written a children’s book that references modern-day Zionism founder Theodor Herzl. After the Pittsburgh synagogue shooting in the fall that killed 11, he wore special cleats with Hebrew on them to honor the victims. 

In a congratulatory tweet, Israel’s Ambassador to the US Ron Dermer hailed Edelman as a “gridiron Maccabee,” a reference to the Jewish warriors from the Hanukkah story.

It was an incredibly satisfying ending to a big-time comeback season for Edelman, a guy considered by Brady to be like a little brother — some teammates even jokingly say they have a “bromance” — and widely regarded as one of the greatest slot receivers in league history.

Even when things weren’t working early for the Patriots, Edelman kept the offense going and the clock rolling as a safety valve for Brady. He also had a 13-yard grab during the go-ahead touchdown drive with 7 minutes left in the game.

What he did in this Super Bowl was exactly what the Patriots’ offense was missing in last year’s 41-33 loss to Philadelphia.

Edelman finished the regular season with 74 catches and a team-high 850 receiving yards with six touchdowns. He kept it going through New England’s first two playoffs games, hauling in 16 catches for a team-high 247 yards.

Tom Brady had won four of the MVP awards in the Patriots’ previous five Super Bowl victories.

It seemed only fitting that Edelman walked off the field with this one.

Times of Israel Staff contributed to this report.

A complementary procedure to Female Genitalia Mutilation under Sharia Law — ” Breast Ironing “! 

The Benefits of A Month of Multiculturalism in Britain: January 2019 by Soeren Kern

https://www.gatestoneinstitute.org/13667/multiculturalism-britain-january

 More than 5,000 people signed a petition to boycott Marks and Spencer toilet paper: they alleged it was embossed with the Arabic word for God. Marks and Spencer, in a statement on Twitter, denied the claims: “The motif on the aloe vera toilet tissue, which we have been selling for over five years, is categorically of an aloe vera leaf and we have investigated and confirmed this with our suppliers.”

The Parliamentary Assembly of the Council of Europe urged Britain to make it a legal requirement for Muslim couples to register their marriages civilly before or at the same time as their religious ceremony, because Sharia marriages alone “clearly discriminate against women in divorce and inheritance cases.”

The Guardian reported that hundreds, and possibly thousands, of young girls in Britain are being subjected to so-called breast-ironing, an African practice whereby mothers or grandmothers use a hot stone to massage across the breast repeatedly in order to “break the tissue” and slow its growth. The objective is to stop unwanted male attention.

January 1. A 25-year-old Somali man stabbed three people — including a police officer — at Victoria Station in Manchester. BBC producer Sam Clack, who was waiting for a tram when the attack took place, reported: “The guy, his exact words were, he said: ‘As long as you keep bombing other countries, this sort of sh*t is going to keep happening.’

The suspect also screamed “Allahu Akbar!” (“Allah is the greatest!”) as he was bundled into a police van. Assistant Chief Constable Russ Jackson nevertheless said that officers were “retaining an open mind in relation to the motivation for this attack.” (Somehow, it must be our fault Right?)

The suspect was eventually detained under the Mental Health Act.