Friday, July 20, 2018

If THIS Was His Plan, Let's Have More Of It!

Pay Attention And Let This Be A Lesson For Ya!

Liberals say they want a dialogue.
They insist that we have to be more civil.
They say they believe in cooperation and understanding.
But these all appear to be lies.
Far too many of them don't want a dialogue; they don't seek civility and they aren't really interested in greater understanding.
To them a dialogue means they talk and you listen. Civility means you treat them courteously while they reserve the right to shout you down and toss invectives and profanities your way. And understanding means you'd better understand it's their way or the highway.
Yes, they preach love. But increasing numbers of them peddle hate.

Famous Quotes From History, Updated Edition

The RAT Attack: What You Need To Know!

Everybody knows that Washington is loaded with rats.
There are bureaucrats, autocrats and self-appointed aristocrats.
But the most vile, menacing and predatory rats in DC right now are the DemocRATS!

Thursday, July 19, 2018

Ya Think She Could Memorize This List, Huh?

Wonderful News For Our Workers And Our Parks!

Our pledge to America’s workers 

The over 3.2 million jobs created on President Trump’s watch have benefited a diverse span of Americans: women, manufacturers, Hispanic Americans, African Americans, young people, people with disabilities, and more. Many groups that have struggled historically are seeing their unemployment levels now hit record lows.

Many of these jobs require new skills. “We want to make sure that we have the workforce development programs we need to ensure these jobs are being filled by American workers,” President Trump says.

Today, President Trump was joined by Ivanka Trump and more than 20 companies and organizations in pledging their unwavering commitment to America’s workforce. The President will sign an Executive Order that establishes the National Council for the American Worker, charged with developing a real National strategy to address workforce development. Among other tasks, the Council will help expand the number of apprenticeships available to Americans today.

A fix for our deteriorating National Park System 

“America’s National Park System is the envy of the world,” Secretary of the Interior Ryan Zinke writes this week. “Our parks tell the story of our nation, ranging from the origins of the American conservation ethic, to our sacred battlefields, to the Civil Rights Movement. Quite frankly, our American park system represents our American values.”

Our parks drew 330 million visitors last year, and we now risk loving them to death, Secretary Zinke explains. “The backlog of critical maintenance and repairs in the National Park Service stands at $11.6 billion.” Until recently, addressing that backlog seemed out of reach.

President Trump supports a bipartisan bill, now before the Senate, that would preserve the splendor and beauty of our National Parks. The President’s 2019 budget request to Congress proposed the largest investment in public lands infrastructure in American history. In that spirit, President Trump’s leadership is bringing both parties together to protect our National heritage.

Photo of the Day 

Official White House Photo by D. Myles Cullen 
President Donald J. Trump holds a Cabinet meeting | July 18, 2018

Well, These ARE The Facts, Aren't They?

NJ Now Looks To Tax (Get Ready For It) Tap Water!

General Jack Ripper (D-N.J.)
And now, this from our friends at Save Jersey (reprinted with permission)
Hughes brought back the sales tax. Florio taxed toilet paper. 
Will Phil Murphy’s signature tax be one imposed upon… water?
Save Jersey‘s Matt Rooney was back on the Chasing News A+ Panel this week to criticize this latest attempt to pick residents’ pockets.
“Once again, the most over-taxed people out of all 50 states in this country are being asked to dig a little bit deeper after Phil Murphy just raised our taxes by nearly $2 billion,” said Rooney. “At what point are we going to rise up and say listen, ‘Maybe the answer is[n’t] that we’re not paying enough.’ Maybe they should stop wasting our money on other things, and focus on things like roads, and infrastructure, and lead in the pipes that we elected them to take care of.”
Water tax backers say the real cost will only be $32 per year, per household.
Rooney countered that it’s a familiar story. 
“Well, if you’re a billionaire like Phil Murphy then yeah, it’s not a lot, but they told us the gas tax was only going to be a few hundred extra a year per family, now this is only going to be $30 a year; not only do they always lie about the amount, but after awhile it adds up,” he added. “So if you’ve got 5 kids, who all take turns getting showers, and drinking and eating you out of house and home, it adds up.”

The Slippery Slope To The Death Of An Icon

Once upon a time there was a magazine called The New Yorker.
The magazine had an erudite approach to the world. That's a word you don't hear much anymore -- erudite. The magazine was sophisticated and, for the most part, knowledgeable. And it was also exceptionally well edited.
The New Yorker was the place you went to for witticisms.
The New Yorker dealt in clever asides and original, cogent humor.
Its editors and writers were of the highest order. The names of those editors and writers are legendary: William Shawn, Lillian Ross, Marry Norris, James Thurber, Truman Capote, Nora Ephron, Nat Hetnoff, E. B. White, H. L. Mencken, James Baldwin, Mary McCarthy, Robert Benchley, John Cheever, Edna Ferber,  J, D. Salinger and so many, many others.
The New Yorker's point of view was that of a slightly jaded but nonetheless learned and inquisitive observer -- sometimes world weary but always engaging and often surprising.
The magazine didn't follow a set ideology and it never shouted or harangued or pushed a single mindset. It also never hesitated to laugh at itself, presenting a tongue-in-cheek approach from time to time.
But all that has long since changed.
There's nothing unique or original about today's New Yorker.
Like much of what passes for journalism these days, it's dogmatic, mean-spirited, relentless, shrill and terminally cynical. More often than not, what humor it does deliver is just this side of brutal.
All this is sad because the magazine has become an ongoing polemic. Its subtlety and sophistication have been replaced by sensationalism and self-aggradisment.
And these are just a few reasons why I stopped reading it years ago.
Truth to tell, I haven't missed it one bit.

Wednesday, July 18, 2018

Oh, How They Conveniently Forget . . .

Maybe A Few Facts Would Help Right Now . . .

PROTECTING AMERICAN ELECTIONS: President Donald J. Trump and his Administration are defending the integrity of our election system.
  • From the beginning of his Administration, President Trump has taken action to defend our election system from meddling and interference.
  • In May 2017, President Trump signed an Executive Order to strengthen and review the cybersecurity of our Nation and its critical infrastructure.
  • This has included long-delayed modernization of our cyber security systems across the Government.
  • The Department of Homeland Security (DHS) has taken the lead in working with all 50 states, local governments, and private companies to improve election security and integrity.
  • Under President Trump, DHS has increased coordination and information sharing among all election partners, with nearly 1000 elections jurisdictions, including all 50 states, participating in the Election Infrastructure Information Sharing and Analysis Center.
  • 34 States, 52 county or local governments, and 5 election companies receive cyber security scans from DHS, free of charge, on an ongoing basis.
  • DHS plans to provide on-site risk and vulnerability assessments to all States that request. Currently 18 States have requested this assessment and 16 are completed for the 2018 election cycle.
  • A new pilot program was launched to share information between State and local officials and the Election Assistance Commission to allow for rapid response on Election Day.
  • During the 2017 elections, the Trump Administration provided on-site cybersecurity support to States.
  • In March of 2018, Congress provided the Election Assistance Commission with $380 million in funding for election assistance grants to States.
While increasing our election security, the Trump Administration is also combatting actors that have already attempted to harm our election integrity.

In March 2018, the Administration imposed sanctions against 16 Russian entities and individuals for their roles in Russian interference in the 2016 Presidential election.

CONFRONTING RUSSIAN INFLUENCE IN THE UNITED STATES: President Trump has taken action to call out and confront Russian efforts that undermine the United States.

In March 2018, President Trump ordered the expulsion of 48 Russian intelligence officers from the United States and ordered the closure of the Russian consulate in Seattle, Washington.

This action was taken in coordination with American allies around the world in response to Russia’s use of a military-grade chemical weapon in the United Kingdom.
  • In March 2018, President Trump also expelled 12 Russian intelligence officers from the Russian Mission to the United Nations in New York for abusing their privilege of residence.
  • In September 2017, the Administration banned the use of Kaspersky Labs software on United States Government computers due to Kaspersky’s ties to Russian intelligence.
  • In March 2017, the Administration charged 3 Russians for the 2014 Yahoo hack, including 2 officers of the Russian Federal Security Service (FSB).
The Trump Administration has maintained the closure of 2 Russian compounds and the expulsion of 35 diplomats in response to Russian interference in the 2016 election.
REINFORCING A STRONG SANCTIONS REGIME ON RUSSIA: The Administration has imposed the toughest sanctions against Russia to confront its destabilizing behavior.
  • President Trump’s Administration has consistently confronted Russian activities that threaten our institutions, our interests, or our allies.

  • In June 2018, President Trump’s Administration imposed sanctions against 5 Russian entities and 3 Russian individuals for enabling Russia’s military and intelligence units to increase Russia’s offensive cyber capabilities.

  • In April 2018, the Administration imposed sanctions against 7 Russian oligarchs and the 12 companies they own or control, 17 senior Russian government officials, and a state-owned Russian weapons trading company and a bank it owns.
  1. These sanctions ensure the Russian oligarchs who profit from Russia’s destabilizing activities face the consequences for doing so.
  2. The sanctioned state-owned weapons trading company provides military equipment and support to the Government of Syria, enabling the regime’s continual attacks against Syrian citizens.
In February 2018, the Financial Crimes Enforcement Network proposed a new rule to bar a Latvian bank involved in illicit Russia-related activity from opening or maintaining correspondent accounts in the United States.

In December 2017, new Russia-related sanctions were announced under the Sergei Magnitsky and Global Magnitsky programs.

In December 2017, the Administration imposed export controls against 2 Russian companies that were helping Russia develop missiles that violate the Intermediate-Range Nuclear Forces Treaty (INF).

The Trump Administration sanctioned a total of 100 targets in response to Russia’s ongoing occupation of Crimea and aggression in Eastern Ukraine.

The Trump Administration has also designated Russian actors under Iran and North Korea sanctions authorities.
CONFRONTING RUSSIAN AGGRESSION: The President is strengthening our alliances and standing up to Russia’s malign influence across the globe
The Trump Administration released a National Security Strategy that makes clear that Russia is undertaking actions that threaten our security and outlines steps to stop their interference.

The Trump Administration has increased funding for the European Deterrence Initiative, providing billions to increase United States troop readiness in Europe, deter Russian aggression, and help defend our NATO allies.

The Trump Administration has enhanced its support for Ukraine’s Armed Forces to help Ukraine improve its ability to defend itself.

The Trump Administration is working to pressure Russia back into compliance with the INF Treaty to ensure that Russia does not gain strategic advantage from its treaty violations.

Moving Forward Amidst Good News On All Fronts!

President Donald J. Trump is hosting a meeting of his Cabinet, where he will discuss the results of his foreign trip to Europe and preview a new White House workforce initiative.

Ivanka Trump announces a new White House initiative 

“The assembly line, energy plant and retail store have changed dramatically in the past 25 years—and the jobs have, too,” Advisor to the President Ivanka Trump writes in The Wall Street Journal. “Nearly 1 in 5 working Americans has a job that didn’t exist in 1980 . . . Such rapid change is one reason 6.6 million U.S. jobs are currently unfilled.”

On President Trump’s watch, the U.S. economy is adding tons of jobs—about 3 million since Inauguration Day 2017, to be exact. Many of these jobs require reskilling workers.

In the past, that hasn’t happened. “For too long, both the public and the private sectors have failed to develop innovative and effective training programs,” Ms. Trump writes. But a new Executive Order from President Trump tomorrow will help change that. In partnership with a growing list of companies and organizations, the White House’s latest initiative will set the stage for developing a National strategy for training and retraining American workers.

How President Trump is defending our election system 

In his bilateral meeting with Russian President Vladimir Putin this week, President Trump called out Russian efforts to undermine the United States. “During today’s meeting, I addressed directly with President Putin the issue of Russian interference in our elections,” President Trump said. “I felt this was a message best delivered in person.”

From the beginning of his Administration, President Trump has taken action to defend our election system from meddling. In March, the Administration imposed sanctions against 16 Russian entities and individuals for their roles in Russian interference in the 2016 election. The President also ordered the expulsion of 48 Russian intelligence officers from the United States in response to Russia’s use of a chemical weapon in the United Kingdom.

President Trump believes in smart engagement with Russia to promote peace and security. Meanwhile, his actions show that bold, one-on-one diplomacy goes hand-in-hand with taking a strong stand to confront all direct threats to the American homeland.

Photo of the Day 

Official White House Photo by Shealah Craighead 
President Donald J. Trump and First Lady Melania Trump board Air Force One | July 16, 2018

Tuesday, July 17, 2018