- June 15, 2021 -
Statement by Donald J. Trump, 45th President
of the United States of America
I have accepted the invitation of Texas Governor Greg Abbott to join him on an official visit to our Nation’s decimated Southern Border on Wednesday, June 30, 2021.
The Biden Administration inherited from me the strongest, safest, and most secure border in U.S history and in mere weeks they turned it into the single worst border crisis in U.S history. It’s an unmitigated disaster zone.
We went from detain-and-remove to catch-and-release. We went from having border security that was the envy of the world to a lawless border that is now pitied around the world. Biden and Harris have handed control of our border over to cartels, criminals, and coyotes. Drug dealers, MS-13 gang members, human smugglers, sex traffickers, and the criminal elements of the world now have free reign. Hospitals and schools are getting crushed and public health is being sacrificed all in service of a radical left anti-borders agenda. Our brave border agents and courageous ICE officers have been illegally stopped from doing their jobs. Our Nation is now one giant sanctuary city where even dangerous criminals are being cut loose and set free inside the U.S interior on a daily basis.
If this weren’t bad enough, Biden and Harris won’t even tour the scenes of the wreckage they created, or come down and visit with the Border Patrol and ICE heroes risking their lives to defend our Nation at a time when the White House is doing everything it can to make their job totally impossible.
What Biden and Harris have done, and are continuing to do on our border, is a grave and willful dereliction of duty.
My visit will hopefully shine a spotlight on these crimes against our Nation—and show the incredible people of ICE and Border Patrol that they have our unshakeable support.
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Tuesday, June 15, 2021
Following is a very important message from Catholic Vote:
We just released a new poll on Catholics, public officials, and the Eucharist.
The media is already reporting the fascinating findings.
But I wanted you to get the full story.
As you know, the U.S. bishops are set to meet (virtually), starting tomorrow. Among the many topics on their agenda, they will be debating whether or not to move forward with drafting a document to renew respect for the richness and beauty of the Holy Eucharist. This includes the obvious question: whether prominent public officials who advocate for policies in direct contradiction of the Church ought to receive Communion.
I hired a professional polling firm to ask several questions of Mass-attendingCatholics.
The results are encouraging -- and should provide insights for the Bishops’ discussion this week.
The survey revealed that 83% of Mass-attending Catholics agreed that the bishops should publicly defend all Catholic teachings. Just 6% disagreed. When asked if bishops should teach on matters of faith and morals, 90% agreed -- with only 2% opposed.
The survey also asked Mass-attending Catholics if they agreed that Catholic public officials who disagree with the Church on serious or grave matters “create confusion and disunity.” A whopping 83% of Mass-attending Catholics agreed that these public officials cause confusion and disunity. Just 7% disagreed.
And then there’s this:
74% of Catholics believe that Catholic public officials who disagree with their Church on serious or grave matters should avoid creating confusion and disunity by not presenting themselves for Communion.
Just 10% disagreed.
Other key findings include:
- 91% were excited to go back to Mass after churches reopen.
- 88% believe it is important for Catholic bishops to teach and lead others in matters of the faith, including those who are public officials and other people in influential or powerful positions.
- 87% believe it is important for Catholic bishops to teach and lead others in matters of the faith, including those who may disagree with the Church on fundamental issues.
- 82% believe public officials who identify as Catholic but openly advocate for policies hostile to Church teaching are hypocritical.
THE KEY: we only surveyed Catholics who attend Mass at least once a week, or monthly.
Too often polling of “Catholics” includes any self-described Catholic. To be sure, all those who are baptized are our brothers and sisters in the Faith. But when it comes to understanding Catholic opinion, Catholics who still practice the Faith are who really matters. These are Catholics who are raising their kids in the faith, who financially support the Church, and who engage in parish ministries.
They are the future of the Church -- and they are the Catholic people our Bishops should be paying attention to.
I realize some skeptics will question these results. So here’s the kicker: the same poll respondents gave President Biden a 56% approval rating -- right in line with other national surveys.
In sum, a slim majority of Catholics are generally happy with President Biden (for now).
Yet a massive majority believe he is causing confusion and disunity -- and should not receive communion.
Finally, the poll findings are clear: Catholics want their bishops to lead.
Brian Birch, President, www.catholicvote.org.
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Monday, June 14, 2021
And what an experience it was! A huge array of foodstuffs beckoned them: incredibly fresh fruit and produce all beautifully displayed and clearly marked; a vast individually prepared take out food section; a self-serve take-out area; a sit down eating section overlooking the entire supermarket floor; a galaxy of cheeses, olives and similar fare; a deli, sub shop, pizza parlor, coffee bar, bakery, florist and so much more. The store regularly introduced customers to new culinary treats along with demonstrations and instructions on how to cook certain dishes. And the variety of products and brands was staggering. Plus, if you couldn't find what you wanted they had an attentive and superbly staffed customer services center that would find it for you or make sure the store began to stock it just for you! It was a paradise for foodies.
But today's Cherry Hill Wegman's pales by comparison. Oh sure, lots of people will blame the COVID lockdown and all that went with it. And others will cite today's ubiquitous staffing shortages. But our Wegman's started losing its edge long before that. The store seemed to cut back on staffing quite some time ago. The number of brands and product selections began to shrink. Whole sections were redesigned to feature cumbersome bulk sales items. More exotic or less popular food items began to disappear. Parts of the sit down eating area were cordoned off or closed completely. The whole lunch or dinner to go section seems to have pretty much disappeared. Again, this was pre-COVID. And, if you asked about such things, you never really got a direct answer.
Today, no one knows if the dinner plates prepared just for you will ever come back. Ditto, the self-service prepared food-to-go area. Within the supermarket section, whole shelf areas are often depleted or empty. Things are shuffled around frequently Finding a staffer to answer a question or direct you to the right area can be difficult.
And here;'s the rub: I've been to other Wegman's stores that are a lot spiffier and offer much more in the way of selection, specialized services, features and accommodations. Not here. Not now. Not in Cherry Hill. We're getting less and less, not more.
Excuse me for suspecting that the whole operation has become hopelessly bottom-line oriented: Cater to the masses; get 'em in, get 'em out; to hell with anything that's even a bit more specialized. Now, if you think this has automatically sent me rushing into the arms of the nearby Whole Foods (aka "Whole Wallet") you'd be wrong. I'm not and never will be a sucker for Bezosland. No way!
I have found another supermarket -- a place with a huge selection, lots of different choices and brands, plenty of knowledgeable and cheerful staff on the floor to help you, honest, competitive pricing and surprising food offerings I might have never known about it. Even the in-house brands that this place offers are good! And the management is local, hands-on and grateful for your patronage. Maybe you've found this place too. If so, you no longer have to ask: "What the hell happened to Wegman's?" Instead you can just simply wave BuhhhBYE and be on your merry way!
This is horrible. At some point his cognitive disfunction has to be considered a natl security threat if only because of the confidence it must give our enemies “President confuses Syria with Libya three times”— Tammy Bruce (@HeyTammyBruce) June 13, 2021
The American flag was born on this day in 1777. This is a day to remember to honor the flag, respect it, hold it high, revere it and never, ever forget those who fought for it and those who perished defending it and what it stands for.
Sunday, June 13, 2021
The ZOA congratulates my friend and ZOA’s friend, Yamina (Right) party leader Naftali Bennett, on becoming Prime Minister of the Jewish State of Israel, and our friends Gideon Sa’ar and Ayelet Shaked on their anticipated important roles in a new coalition government. Nevertheless, we do have serious concerns.
We ZOA-ers have a wonderful and special remembrance that at ZOA’s 2016 Gala Dinner, then-Minister of Education and Diaspora Affairs Naftali Bennett quoted a statement by Jewish leader Simon the Hasmonean from over 2,000 years ago: “We did not take a foreign land and did not rule the property of strangers; rather, the land of our fathers was taken unjustly, and now that we have the opportunity, we have returned it to ourselves.” Minister Bennett then added that “one cannot occupy his own home,” as 1,200 ZOA Gala attendees wildly cheered and applauded.
We hope and pray that—despite the far-left wing, anti-religious (Meretz) and Arab-Muslim Brotherhood offshoot (Ra’am) partners in his new coalition—that in his new post, Prime Minister Bennett will (1) uphold his powerfully accurate view that creating a Palestinian Arab terrorist state would be a major danger for Israel; (2) further his staunch and appropriate support for Jewish communities in the Jewish homelands of Judea/Samaria; and (3) continue to oppose any hint of freezing the building of Jewish homes anywhere.
PM Bennett has a moral duty to promote the rational right-of-center agenda that his party and the majority of the Israeli electorate voted for, despite some of his diverse ruling coalition’s left wing, naive positions and unfortunate aversion to Judaism.
Thankfully, virtually all of the members of the new coalition support doing everything necessary to keep the terrorist, Jew-hating, America-hating, genocidal Islamic Republic of Iran from ever developing nuclear weapons, including by opposing the catastrophic Iran deal.
We wish Prime Minister Bennett well on navigating the serious issues that Israel faces, including dealing with U.S. President Biden’s numerous hostile-to-Israel appointments; Biden’s efforts to re-enter the catastrophic Obama Iran deal; Biden’s strong efforts to establish a Palestinian Arab terror state; Biden’s funding of the Palestinian Authority terrorist regime; the newly-energized terrorist Hamas regime which is openly committed to destroying Israel and murdering all Jews; the Palestinian Authority’s refusal to even negotiate, while the PA continues to pay Arabs to murder Jews; the outrageous antisemitic ICC investigation of Israel; the economy after recovering from the Chinese virus; and the new danger of disloyal antisemitic Israeli Arabs physically and verbally attacking their innocent Israeli Jewish neighbors, burning synagogues and Jewish schools, breaking into Jewish homes, and destroying Jewish-owned cars and apartment buildings.
ZOA is deeply concerned that the treasonous Israeli Arab Islamic party Ra’am is included in the new ruling coalition. Ra’am opposes Israel as a Jewish state; opposes Jerusalem as Israel’s capital; opposes the Abraham Accords; calls for a so-called Arab “right of return” to overrun Israel; and calls Zionism racism. In 2019, Ra’am Member of Knesset Walid Taha sided with Hamas over Israel, by accusing Israel of an “aggressive” “policy of escalation” for defending itself against Hamas attempts to breach the border and murder Israelis. And only today, Ra’am leader Mansour Abbas threateningly proclaimed, only in Arabic, that his party “would return the lands which were appropriated and taken from our [Arab] people. This is a national act of the highest order.” While in Hebrew he made remarks attempting to falsely assure and comfort Israeli Jews. Ra’am’s four Knesset members in a coalition, holding only 61 seats out of 120, are capable of and could threaten to bring down the new governing coalition any time Israel strongly defends, (in a stronger way that Ra’am may object to,) the Israeli public against rockets and other attacks by Hezbollah, Hamas, or Iran.
The far-left wing Meretz’s six MKs may likewise bring down the new government, and will be an enormous challenge to deal with. For instance, on May 18, Meretz chairwoman Tamar Zandberg resubmitted her absurd, anti-religious proposed legislation to criminalize and send to jail Chabad members for Jewish outreach efforts, such as offering young Jews an opportunity to put on tefillin.
We at the Zionist Organization of America extend our best wishes to Prime Minister Naphtali Bennett—B’Hatzlacha—for every success in dealing with the challenges ahead that Israel faces.
Statement by Donald J. Trump, 45th President of the United States of America
“…I think it's great to have a US President part of the club and very willing to cooperate," said French President Emmanuel Macron.
This was a quote by the President of France. He and many other Leaders before him, in France and throughout Europe, were ripping off the United States like never before. We were treated very unfairly with horrible trade deals, and paying for a large portion of their defense. They were taking advantage of the United States and therefore, of course, they like Biden because now they will be allowed to return to their old ways of ripping off our Country. If I were a leader of these countries, I too would like Biden far better than President Trump. They will now get very rich off the United States just like they have in the past until a change is made. I am for AMERICA FIRST!
Look at this graft from Garden State Initiative. It shows how New Jersey is losing Fortune 500 companies while another state (in this case Massachusetts) is gaining. Over and over, we're losing business to one state after another. The business drain is hurting New Jersey. We just don't have a friendly business economic policy in this state!