MSM in a foul mood over Trump’s excellent health

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If we needed any further evidence of the mainstream media’s universal bias against the president we only have to observe their reaction to the news of his clean bill of mental and physical health last week ~ Diagnosis: President Fit, Media Has Fits ~

The President’s in excellent health, particularly for a man his age. His cholesterol is a bit high and the 239-pounder admits he needs to lose 10-15 pounds. Trump, because of all the blabber about his mental health, requested a cognitive test. He nailed it 30 for 30. He doesn’t need much sleep, is blessed with great genetics and when aides are collapsing from exhaustion on foreign trips, he’s still raring to go.
 
However, the press hammered Jackson for an hour with questions that were variations on a theme: “You’re lying. When is the crazy SOB just going to die already?!”
 
A major focus was on Alzheimer’s. ABC’s Cecelia Vega led the charge: “Are you ruling out things like early onset Alzheimer’s? Are you looking at dementia-like symptoms?” The question spread like the flu. Just to name two: Margaret Brennan wondered if Jackson missed Trump’s (obvious to her) Alzheimers, given Trump’s age and Ronald Reagan. Sanjay Gupta also asked about “early stages of dementia.” (Ironically, one reporter suggested that repeating things was a sign of mental issues. If true, that whole room needs to get checked out STAT.) […]
 

“Do you know his life expectancy span?” (We really do want to know when he’s going to die.)
 
“Can you explain to me how a guy who eats McDonald’s and KFC and drinks all those diet cokes and never exercises is in as good a shape as you say he’s in?” (Jackson: “It’s called genetics.”) […]
 
It grew even more absurd: “Is he limited to one scoop of ice cream now?” “What’s his waist measurement?” “Does he wear dentures?” “Do you worry about how much TV he watches?” “Are you concerned about his Twitter use”?

 
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To paraphrase Al Perrotta, writing at The Stream, it’s pretty clear that any sickness in the White House isn’t in the Oval Office, it’s in the press room.
 
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Related:
10 Of The Dumbest Questions Reporters Asked During Trump’s Health Press Conference

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For the sanctity of human life

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You, O Lord, are the author of life. By Your creating hand,
You formed Adam and Eve from the dust of the ground and breathed
life into them. So precious is life in Your sight that You sent
your Son to lay down His life that all sinners might be forgiven
and made alive in Christ. Enable us to defend life in all its
stages that the crown of Your creation might bring glory to You;
through Jesus Christ. Amen

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Saturday Shorts – 1-20-18

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Random links of interest, concern or curiosity from the past week or so, that deserve at least a SHORT mention:

 
HISTORIC: Watch President Trump Address 45th ‘March for Life’ ~ Steven Crowder has the video from yesterday’s march in Washington D.C.
Full Text of President Donald Trump’s Speech
 

The deceitful road to abortion ~ Because lying is how progressives roll. Robert Knight explains how the Left has used trickery and deception over the last five decades to advance their promiscuous, anti-family agenda ~

The radical nature of Roe and Doe went even beyond establishing a “right” to abortion. It launched a legal revolution against the family.
 
“The legalization of abortion represents an extreme form of imbalance in the relation of the individual to the family, permitting one family member to kill another,” (author, Michael) Schwartz wrote, “and it marks the first instance in our legal history since the Roman Republic that intra-family killing has been tolerated by the public authority.”

 
Pope accused of honoring dishonorable abortion supporter ~ Go figure ~

Pope Francis bestowed an honor on Lilianne Ploumen, a Dutch politician and rabid abortion proponent, even though abortion violates the tenets of the Catholic faith.

According to Judie Brown of the American Life League ~

Pope Francis comes from a so-called progressive group of Jesuits in South America and this group of Jesuits wants to change Catholic teaching on contraception, abortion, and homosexuality.

 
Here’s more evidence that Jesuits think they know better than God ~ Jesuit-Run Georgetown U. Approves LGBT-Only Student Housing ~ Of course it does ~

According to vice-president of student affairs Todd Olson, the new LGBT campus housing “will provide a community space for discussion on gender and inclusion while upholding the Jesuit values of community in diversity and educating the whole person.”
 
“Our Catholic and Jesuit values call on us to engage with ‘respect, compassion, and sensitivity’ with our LGBTQ community,” Olson said. “It is in keeping with our Catholic and Jesuit values to provide a language, perspective, and sense of inclusion for deepening our sense of cura personalis.”

Do not be deceived; neither fornicators, nor idolaters, nor adulterers, nor effeminate, nor homosexuals, nor thieves, nor the covetous, nor drunkards, nor revilers, nor swindlers, will inherit the kingdom of God. 1 Corinthians 6:9–10

 
Wind Turbine Noise Makes Life a Living Hell for Neighbours: Michigan Farmers Driven From Homes ~ Turbines are evil. Every politician who supports subsidies for the wind industry should be forced to have one of these monstrosities constructed in their own backyard ~

Turning peaceful and idyllic rural communities into industrial wastelands sticks in the craw of even life’s most grizzled characters in those communities. And even more so because wind power is utterly meaningless: it can never be delivered as and when power consumers need it, meaning that it has absolutely no commercial value, apart from renewable energy certificates, production tax credits, guaranteed feed in tariffs and all other manner of mandates and subsidies that are costing taxpayers and power consumers hundreds of $billions across the globe.

 
The Unpleasant Truth About Africa And Haiti Trumps Liberal Lies And Hypocrisy ~ Exposing the Left’s faux outrage as one of their favorite propaganda tools, specifically on Trump’s alleged “sh**hole” comment ~

Liberals’ dishonesty is grating because even African and Haitian commentators have acknowledged the sad straits their countries are in. Nigerian author Chigozie Obioma, the recipient of an NAACP Image Award, has admitted that, “There Are No Successful Black Nations.” He notes that, “Nigeria, the most populous black nation on Earth, is on the brink of collapse […]
 
(B)ecause of “chaos, senseless wars, corrupted religiosity, violence, and economic collapse — African and Caribbean people leave home en masse. They beg on the streets of Greece, prostitute in the red-light zones of the Netherlands, and make up 40 percent of the migrants flocking to Europe.”

 
Comic Book Convention Bans Christian Actor Kevin Sorbo Because ‘He’s Pals With Sean Hannity’ ~ These days there really is no one so intolerant as an intolerant Leftist ~

East Coast Comicon founder Cliff Galbraith posted on Facebook last week that he banned Christian actor Kevin Sorbo from his ucoming convention because Sorbo is friends with Sean Hannity.
 
“I turned down Kevin Sorbo for East Coast Comicon,” Galbraith wrote. “He’s pals with Sean Hannity. I just can’t do it.” The post has since been pulled. His company declares on its website, “Our mission is to bring great guests and keep comics and its creators the focus of our shows.” Apparently not all great guests.
 

Galbraith’s leftism is evident in his social media posts as well as last year’s conference program. It featured the Statue of Liberty surrounded by vipers with names like “homophobia,” “misogyny,” “intolerance,” “xenophobia” and other leftist buzzwords.

 
Justice Dept Fighting for Church that Faced Christmas Ad Discrimination ~ Wow. You can tell this isn’t the BHO INjustice Department anymore :) Last November the Washington D.C. Archdiocese sued the Washington Metropolitan Area Transit Authority (WMATA) for refusing to sell them ad space on city buses. The Christmas fundraising ads featured a biblical Christmas scene with the message, “Find the Perfect Gift” ~

A federal judge sided with Metro Transit last December, and the appellate court upheld that ruling when the archdiocese attempted to have the lower court’s opinion blocked […]
 
The Justice Department, on Tuesday(Jan. 16th), filed a brief in support of the church, arguing that Metro committed “unconstitutional viewpoint discrimination” when it denied the archdiocese’s ads.

 
Is the Castro dictatorship also targeting Cuban dissidents with sonic attacks? ~ The mystery continues ~

Considering the nature of the regime in Cuba, it is most likely that the attacks against US and Canadian diplomats and their families were carried out either at the direction of the dictator, or with his knowledge. It is ludicrous to think otherwise. Cuban dissident, Dr. Oscar Elias Biscet, is worried that his home and family been also been targeted by the same type of attack.

 
Oof. Seattle Sugar Tax Raises Soda Prices by 75 Percent ~ Bib Brother knows best ~

Seattle residents started the new year with a bad case of sticker shock followed by a sugar crash. A new tax of 1.75 cents per ounce was added to all sweetened beverages sold in the city. The move had public support in June when it was passed 7-1 by the Seattle City Council, but images of regret have been hitting social media as the bill came due Monday.

 
Should Schools Ban Kids From Having Best Friends? ~ This is just ludicrous! When will progressives stop trying to re-engineer human nature? Whoever wrote this article seems to think we should all just go along with this latest Orwellian attempt to alter reality.

 
38 Minutes in Hawaii: My Family and the False Missile Alarm ~ I think most of us on the continental U.S. don’t quite appreciate the pulse-racing, heart-pounding experience last weekend’s false nuke alarm really was ~

It will be hard for people outside of Hawaii to understand the profound impact of this false alarm. A neighbor child told us how her family hid in the closest and her mother cried for an hour. Another family prayed the rosary and “waited to meet Jesus.”

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Marching for Life in 2018

Update: 1-21-18 ~ Added:
‘Every Child Is a Precious Gift From God,’ Says President Trump in March for Life Address ~

“The March for Life is a movement born out of love,” said Trump. “Every child is a precious gift from God. This movement will only succeed with the heart, soul and prayers of the people.”

 
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Original post ~ 1-19-18
Today, for the first time ever, a sitting president will address the annual March for Life (via satellite) ~

WASHINGTON—It’s the biggest pro-life event of any year, but the March for Life often gets just tiny amounts of coverage in the mainstream media.
 
Donald Trump becoming the first president ever to address the March masses live, though will likely put a much brighter national spotlight on this year’s event.

 

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Each year the march in D.C. draws over 100,000 – even in snowy, freezing conditions And during a two-week period this, the right-to-life coalition turns out for similar events all over the country ~

Not everyone can make the trip to the annual March for Life in Washington, D.C. But since 1974, a steady stream of companion marches has grown. Now more than 60 local marches take place across the United States, allowing many more thousands to take a stand for life.

 

Abortion by the Numbers

59 million — the approximate number of abortions that have been performed in the United States since 1973. (National Right to Life Committee estimate based on the Guttmacher Institute calculation through 2014, extrapolation for recent years and a correction for underreporting.)
 
Less than 2 percent — the percentage of abortions performed for commonly cited “exceptions” of incest, rape and risk to the mother’s life or health. (The Johnston Archive reports that conception in rape leads to 0.3 percent of abortions, incest 0.03 percent, and danger to the mother’s life 0.1 percent. An additional 0.8 percent occurs because the mother’s health is at risk. The term “health” here does not refer to the legal description of health in Supreme Court rulings, where the word refers to substantially elective abortions.)
 
7 in 10 — the lower estimate of how many children with Down syndrome, or trisomy 21, are aborted as a result of prenatal screening. (Estimates for the United States range from 67 percent to 92 percent based on various factors, including the mother’s age, race and ethnicity.)
 
More than 50 to 1 — the number of abortions for every infant adoption in the United States. (National Council for Adoption and Guttmacher Institute)
 
2 for every 5 — the number of abortions compared to live births in the African-American community. In New York City, that number surpasses 50 percent. (Centers for Disease Control, Guttmacher Institute, and New York City Dept. of Health and Mental Hygiene)
 

This data was compiled by the Charlotte Lozier Institute Department of Data Analytics.

 

In the 44 years that pro-lifers have been marching, public opinion has been gradually shifting away from support for adoption. The January issue of “Columbia,” the Knights of Columbus magazine, reported results from a 2017 poll by the Marist Institute for Public Opinion ~

(T)he overwhelming majority of Americans support substantial restrictions on abortion. Seventy-six percent would limit abortion to — at most — the first three months of pregnancy, which is a far more restrictive standard than currently exists in the United States. That number has consistently remained more than 3 out of 4 since the polling began. And half would limit it only to — at most — cases of rape, incest or to save the life of the mother.
 
In addition, 60 percent of Americans oppose using tax dollars to pay for abortion, while fewer than 4 in 10 (36 percent) support it. And by a margin of 30 percentage points (63 percent to 33 percent), Americans support a ban on abortion after 20 weeks of pregnancy.

 

Let’s pray that this will be the year that finally spurs Congress to action on abortion. At the very least, it’s time to defund Planned Parenthood!
 
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Related:

5 Key Numbers From Planned Parenthood’s New Annual Report ~

“Planned Parenthood’s latest annual report underscores why taxpayers should not be forced to subsidize the abortion giant. Planned Parenthood performs 83 abortions for every one adoption referral,” Israel said

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Reality always wins in the end

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Trump admin tosses in the towel on voter fraud investigation

Well this is disheartening ➡ Truth denied: Investigation into voter fraud thwarted.
 
votingmachineDespite the fact that there is overwhelming evidence of voter fraud in the 2016 election – from all across the country – President Trump just dissolved the very commission he created in May to investigate “vulnerabilities in voting systems and practices used for Federal elections that could lead to improper voter registrations and improper voting.”
 
I don’t get it. As recently as last September it was discovered that Out-of-State Voters Changed the Outcome of the New Hampshire U.S. Senate Race. According to Kansas Secretary of State Kris W. Kobach ~

(F)acts have come to light that indicate that a pivotal, close election was likely changed through voter fraud on November 8, 2016: New Hampshire’s U.S. Senate Seat, and perhaps also New Hampshire’s four electoral college votes in the presidential election.

 
New Hampshire is one of fifteen states that allow same-day voter registration (which is really just begging for abuse of the election process) ~

According to statistics released by the Speaker of the New Hampshire House of Representatives, on the date of the general election in November 2016, there were 6,540 same-day registrants who registered to vote in New Hampshire using an out-of-state driver’s license to prove their identity.

 

Now if those 6,540 folks were really new Granite State residents they would have 60 days to obtain new driver’s licenses. However, as Kobach reported ~

It turns out that, as of August 30, 2017 – nearly ten months after the election – only 1,014 of the 6,540 same-day registrants who registered with an out-of-state license had obtained a New Hampshire driver’s license. The other 5,526 individuals never obtained a New Hampshire driver’s license. And, of those 5,526, only 213 registered a vehicle in New Hampshire.

 

Certainly suspicious enough to warrant a thorough investigation – and just for starters repeal same-day registration. As it was, the election was unquestionably affected by these “new” voters ~

If the presidential contest had been closer and had come down to a margin of three or four electoral college votes, then this voter fraud might have had extraordinary consequences. Regardless, in the Senate contest, it is highly likely that voting by nonresidents changed the result.

 

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It was a report on duplicate voting from the Government Accounting Institute which led President Trump to establish his Advisory Commission on Election Integrity eight months ago. The commission was chaired by Vice President Pence, and the above-mentioned Kris Kobach was one of the group’s leaders.
 
Unfortunately, their requests for data, voting records, etc. from various states where fraud was suspected, were answered with a favorite leftist strategy: lawfare.

 

Von Spakovsky, senior fellow with the Heritage Foundation, along with J. Christian Adams, another member of the commission, discussed these underhanded tactics in a recent article at the Washington Examiner ~

Right off the bat, a third of the states flatly refused to give the commission the voter registration and voter history data we requested—even though it is supposed to be publicly available information. States routinely provide that same data to political parties, candidates, and other third parties.
 
There are only two possible explanations for their refusal: either they were part of the partisan “resist-Trump-at-any-costs movement,” or they were afraid of what we might find.
 
Additionally, a swarm of meritless lawsuits, filed by progressive groups, hobbled our ability to make progress on our assignment.

 
Yeah, when you have to cheat to win elections, of course you have to lie and obfuscate to cover it up ~

The litigation strategy was to force our staff to devote all their time to responding to frivolous lawsuits, thereby sabotaging the commission’s ability to function.

 
And sadly, it worked. But let’s hope this is just a temporary setback. Von Spakovsky Adams conclude their article on a positive note ~

It’s a shame that the commission’s efforts to study and accurately define the problem were thwarted. Well-funded advocacy groups, activist academics, and other individuals who are not credible worked to undermine and sabotage the commission’s work. Those who opposed this civic effort have now forfeited their seat at the table.
 
The good news is that, although the commission has been disbanded, we and others dedicated to protecting our democratic system will continue our work to fix the vulnerabilities in our election process. Those who opposed the commission may delight in its dissolution, but before long they’ll see that advocates of election integrity have more stamina, perseverance, and the support of the people.

 

Preventing, deterring, and prosecuting such fraud is essential to protecting
the integrity of our voting process.
~ The Heritage Foundation

 
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Related:
About that voter fraud…
Voter Fraud Cases from Across the United States ~ Database compiled by the Heritage Foundation includes nearly 1100 occurrences since 2000 (many involve only individuals). They’re not just allegations; most resulted in criminal convictions.

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Another rogue California judge makes stuff up


 

In this week’s episode of “Disorder in the Court,”
we discover yet another rogue federal judge who likes
to make up immigration law as he goes along ~

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Last Tuesday, another extra-constitutional judge in California handed down another ludicrous ruling with regard to immigration law ~

Once again, the judiciary has attempted to shackle President Trump from making his own judgments about how to exercise his own power. The Supreme Court has reversed Judge Alsup’s outlandish rulings on DACA before. And it will do so again.

 

Briefly, Northern California district judge William Alsup declared that the Trump administration must keep Barack Obama’s executive-issued DACA (Deferred Action for Childhood Arrivals) program in place; “continue renewing work permits, visas, and Social Security cards for people who, pursuant to law, must be deported.”
 
wmAlsupWriting at National Review Online, law professor Josh Blackman does an excellent job of sorting out this debacle. Here’s some background ~

In 2012, the Obama administration announced an executive action known as DACA. This policy deferred the deportation of the so-called Dreamers — aliens who had entered the United States as minors but were not lawfully present — and granted them work authorization and other federal benefits. Two years later, the president once again turned to the pen and phone to create a similar deferred-action policy for the parents of U.S. citizens. DAPA, as this second program became known, was successfully challenged in court and never went into effect.
 
The Obama administration, by its best lights, determined that DAPA and DACA were lawful. (They weren’t. Because immigration law is the purview of Congress – not of the executive branch) The Trump administration reached the opposite conclusion, and moved to rescind both polices. In a normal world, that decision would have been the end of the matter. But in the Bizarro World we find ourselves in, a federal judge has now informed the Trump administration that it must keep DACA in effect.

 

Alsup’s ruling is in direct conflict with other judges on similar immigration cases. (A district judge in Texas – as well as the Fifth Circuit Court – not only said that Trump had the authority to eliminate DACA, they actually ruled that the executive branch is barred from implementing it.) Furthermore, to reach his outrageous decision, Judge Alsup had to blatantly ignore existing statues and case law. Specifically, as Daniel Horowitz points out ~

 

• Let’s put aside the fact that it is a settled, uninterrupted stream of case law that illegal aliens are considered as if they are outside the country and do not have standing to sue in court. This is why we have administrative immigration judges, given that aliens have no access to Article III courts.
 
• Let’s put aside the fact that 225(b)(2)(A) of the INA requires ICE agents to place all illegal aliens into removal proceedings, so how can a judge say a president must not only allow them to stay but offer them Social Security cards and steal the birthright of Americans?
 
• Let’s put aside the fact that a judge can’t use a president’s political comments on Twitter to decide law, as Judge Alsup did yesterday.
 
• Let’s put aside the fact that 8 U.S. Code §1201(h)(i) stipulates that even a legally issued visa does not “entitle any alien” to be “admitted [into] the United States” and that “T]he consular officer or the Secretary of State may at any time, in his discretion, revoke such visa or other documentation,” even issued pursuant to law, not just a phantom executive order.

 
The good news is, Blackman is confident that Judge Alsup’s decision will ultimately be overturned ~

The Trump administration is well within its power to uproot DACA.
 
The government has already announced it will appeal this ruling. While the Ninth Circuit is unlikely to provide any relief, the Supreme Court has already signaled its dissatisfaction with Judge Alsup’s rulings.

 

Still, it’s a very destructive game these leftists are playing. They deliberately disregard the law, basing their decisions on a desired outcome, on their own political preferences, not on the letter of the law. Even when they know without question that they’ll be overruled by a higher court. Why? Because they’re playing the long game. With each absurd ruling, progressives are working to push the goal markers further to the left. They’re abusing our court system, intentionally wasting time and money, deviously hoping to shift public opinion from right to left wrong, and undermining the Constitution itself.

 
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Related:
San Fran’s lawless sanctuary
Rogue judge: “It’s illegal to ban illegal sanctuary cities”
What do you do when the JUDGE is the one breaking the law? ~ Oregon judge helped a DUI illegal alien escape!
Judge prevents Trump from reversing Obama DACA policy (Updated)
 
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Let’s commemorate Martin Luther King, Jr. by working to eradicate slavery

Did you know that on December 29, 2017 President Trump declared January 2018 National Slavery and Human Traffic Prevention Month? No of course you didn’t. That’s just the sort of positive news that the mainstreams suppress. Or simply ignore. Anyway, now that the month is half over it’s nice to know…

During National Slavery and Human Trafficking Prevention Month, we recommit ourselves to eradicating the evil of enslavement. Human trafficking is a modern form of the oldest and most barbaric type of exploitation. It has no place in our world. This month we do not simply reflect on this appalling reality. We also pledge to do all in our power to end the horrific practice of human trafficking that plagues innocent victims around the world.

 

It rarely grabs the attention of the mainstreams, but the vile practice of human enslavement has never gone away; it’s just gone underground. In fact according to this WND article, in Jan. 18, 2010 Time magazine reported: “Despite more than a dozen international conventions banning slavery in the past 150 years, there are more slaves today than at any point in human history.”
 
This video from the UK Guardian illustrates the prevalence of this horrid crime ~
 

 
And the United States is far from immune. As the Santa Cruz Sentinel reported in November, police in California are calling human trafficking “the new crack cocaine” ~

The FBI has identified the San Francisco Bay Area, including Santa Cruz and Monterey counties, as one of the three highest-intensity child sex trafficking regions in the country […]

 
Deborah Pembrook, who teaches others about the problem through the Coalition to End Human Trafficking in Santa Cruz and Monterey Counties, said trafficking is happening in Santa Cruz County. About 30 percent of the traffickers are women, Pembrook said. Traffickers can be anyone, a trusted family friend to gang members immersed in organized crime. The trafficked may appear to be the criminal, such as a drug dealer. And many trafficking victims are so traumatized by the abnormal lifestyle, they struggle to find a way out and relapse, Pembrook said.
 
Pembrook said, of the 25 forms of human trafficking observed by the Polaris Project, an initiative that defines human trafficking as a form of slavery and a “multibillion dollar criminal industry,” most have been observed in Santa Cruz County. Those include escort services, illicit massage, strip clubs and cantinas, pornography and covert crimes disguised by traveling sales, commercial cleaning services and restaurant work. She said human trafficking has not been observed locally in manufacturing industries or people trafficked from recreational areas.
 
Many victims of human trafficking are branded like animals. Their tattoos, which Pembrook showed on a projector screen, may be phrases stating they belong to someone. Detective Laurel Schonfield, who works human trafficking and other cases, said one of the photos depicting a cheetah tattoo was taken in a case that has linked tips of trafficking from Santa Cruz County to Florida. She said the crimes have no boundaries.

 

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I don’t know what the Left is doing to commemorate MLK Day (greivance-mongering? re-opening old wounds?) but the Trump administration is calling attention to the tragedy of human trafficking and implementing pro-active measures to help put an end to evil practice ~
 

• Pres. Trump signed an Executive Order (February 2017) to dismantle transnational criminal organizations, including those that perpetuate the crime of human trafficking.
• An Interagency Task Force to Monitor and Combat Trafficking in Persons has enhanced collaboration with other nations, businesses, civil society organizations, and survivors of human trafficking.
• The Department of Health and Human Services has established a new national training and technical assistance center to strengthen our healthcare industry’s anti-trafficking response.
• The Department of State has contributed $25 million to the Global Fund to End Modern Slavery, because of the critical need for cross-nation collaborative action to counter human trafficking.
• The Department of Labor has released an innovative, business-focused mobile app that supports private-sector efforts to eradicate forced labor from global supply chains.
• Earlier this month Trump signed into law S. 1536, the Combating Human Trafficking in Commercial Vehicles Act and S. 1532, the No Human Trafficking on Our Roads Act which will ~

… keep those who commit trafficking offenses from operating commercial vehicles, improve anti-human trafficking coordination within Federal agencies and across State and local governments, and improve efforts to recognize, prevent, and report human trafficking.

 
Wouldn’t it be nice if the network news would get around to sharing positive news like this on Martin Luther King, Jr. Day, and encourage others to fight this sourge? Don’t hold your breath.

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As an aside, here’s how some on the Left would rather recognize MLK Day ~

Student Newspaper Mocks White People for MLK Day ~ Rice University’s ‘Thresher’ publishes crude ‘satire,’ justifies racism against caucasians…

Guilt-free MLK Day Pass Hey there, white people! We know you have the day off to celebrate someone who managed to beat your system.
 
Don’t despair – for the low price of eternal shame you can spend these 24 hours doing something productive like beating off in a sock and wondering whatever happened to your 8th-grade girlfriend. You’re disgusting.

Never mind though. It’s supposed to be satire. LOL. :roll:

 
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Just a thought; maybe these fragile college snowflakes could help provide “safe spaces” for victims of human trafficking? ~ Surreal as is sounds, most college students actually think America invented slavery!

Trafficking in Persons Report 2017 ~ From the State Department

The Fight to End Global Slavery – by E. Benjamin Skinner (fellow at the Carr Center for Human Rights Policy at Harvard’s Kennedy School)

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Iranians aren’t just protesting… many are converting to Christianity

As evidence that the Left doesn’t really think everyone is endowed by their Creator with certain inalienable rights (in particular life and liberty), witness their obvious indifference to the Iranian protests. Hundreds of thousands are standing up to a theocratic regime, risking their lives for freedom from tyranny ~
 
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People initially took to the streets to voice economic grievances and protest government corruption, harsh economic conditions for ordinary people, and a high youth unemployment rate.
 
However, as more Iranians joined the protest since December 28, protestors focused less on economic issues and more on demanding fundamental political reform in Iran. They reject their government’s policy of supporting terrorists in countries like Syria while ignoring economic hardship at home. They call for the Supreme Leader Ayatollah Ali Khamenei to step down and for “death to the Revolutionary Guards,” a powerful military force loyal to him.

 
… Yet here in the West, the folks who claim that Trump is a fascist seem to be siding with a fascist government – against its own people. Just like Obama did in 2009 as Helen Raleigh, writing at The Federalist, reminds us ~

While protesters were shedding blood on Iranian streets, President Obama ordered the Central Intelligence Agency to sever contact with and material support to the Iranian opposition. He also ended U.S. programs to document Iranian human rights abuses. He even wrote letters to Khamenei assuring him the United States was not trying to overthrow him.

 
In case anyone has forgotten, Iran hasn’t lost its position as the world’s number one state sponsor of terrorism ~

The current Iranian regime represents an existential threat to not only the United States but all of western civilization. Had we supported the opposition in 2009 and they succeeded, a real fundamental political reform could have taken place in Iran, and a truly free and democratic Iran could one day have become an ally in peace, rather than a continued threat.

 

There’s another compelling reason we should be supporting the effort to oust this Islamist regime. It’s sort of a story behind the protest story, that no one is really covering ➡ Iranian Muslims are converting to Christianity at an unprecedented pace; a remarkable development that just might be a factor in this rising protest movement ~

It remains one of the best kept secrets in the world. Iranian Muslims are converting to Christianity at an unprecedented pace, perhaps by the thousands every day.

 
In a country of some 75 million people, Iran is reported to have 3 million Christians, which may not sound like a huge number until you realize that the penalty for conversion from Islam is often death. According to Mohabat News, Muslim clerics find these numbers quite disturbing – which is excellent news :) ~

Christianity has been growing at an exponential rate in the last couple of decades in Iran, causing the Islamic government a great deal of concern. In a most recent expression of their distress, one of the high profile Islamic seminary officials, Ayatollah Alavi Boroujerdi, stated “accurate reports indicate that the youth are becoming Christians in Qom and attending house churches”.
 
This high rate of conversion of Iranian youth to Christianity is in spite of rigorous Islamic indoctrination of the youth in their families and educational system. The Islamic government of Iran dedicates massive budgets to the support of Islamic organizations that promote Islam among the youth within and without Iran’s borders. Such efforts to attract Iranian youth is much more noticeable in Islamic cities such as Mashhad and Qom. Regardless of such efforts, Iranian youth seem to become increasingly distant from Islam, which is a cause of great concern for the Iranian Islamic government.

 
Despite the fact that Iran currently ranks #10 on Open Doors’ World Watch list of countries where persecution is harshest, Iranians have become the Muslim people most open to the gospel in the Middle East ~
 

 

The faith of these Muslim-background believers is truly inspiring; they’re “happy” to be beaten for being a Christian, it’s a “pleasure” to be persecuted for the Lord – Amazing!
 

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By all reliable accounts, Iranians want back the country they had before the regressive 1979 Iranian Revolution – not the iron-fisted theocracy they’re suffering under today. An it’s undeniable that many of them yearn for the freedom to worship as they choose – even Jesus Christ. As Helen Raleigh says, “America has the moral obligation to stand up for and stand by people who are thirsty for freedom and want to take charge of their own destiny.”

 

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Please pray for the people and nation of Iran. Ask the Lord for ~
 
• Many more people in Iran to give their lives to Christ.
• Endurance and joy for Christians in Iran suffering in prison for their ministry—many have testified to sensing the prayers of the global church while imprisoned.
• More trained leaders to serve as evangelists, church planters, and pastors to disciple the many new Iranian believers.
 
Persecution threatened to wipe out Iran’s tiny church. Instead, by God’s mighty hand, His church is growing rapidly. Praise him!
 
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Related:
The Iranian rebellion the world wants to ignore ~ from the UK Spectator ~ Six hundred people have already been arrested and dozens killed. Civilians don’t stand a chance.

5 things Trump can do to spark regime change in Iran ~ Strike while the iron is hot. ~ Excellent analysis and advice

Iran’s Bluster Is Just Fear of Trump — and Revolution ~ (2-10-17) ~

The regime is intensely worried that the Trump team is preparing serious action. The mullahs know that if America moves, most Iranians will try to bring down the regime.

The Middle East’s Courageous Christians ~ “More Muslims have come to faith in Christ in the Middle East in just the last 10-15 years than in all of the last 14 centuries!”
Muslims Are Converting to Christianity in Record Numbers
Five Things You Need to Know About the Protests in Iran ~ Some background and details about the protests from the ACLJ (American Center for Law and Justice) ~

The Trump Administration is doing the right thing by publicly expressing support for the protestors. People who long for freedom and who are willing to risk everything to gain it notice what the United States government says. The support of our government, and that of the American people, can do much to encourage the Iranian people and increase their morale and their courage. Other Western nations must also publicly and practically offer support to the protestors.

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Distracted by sh**holes, mainstreams ignore Trump’s masterful immigration meeting

Pretending to be aghast at Trump’s alleged use of the term – pardon my French – “sh**hole” (in reference to third-world, poverty-ridden countries run by corrupt tyrants) the mainstreams, like a bunch of unsupervised kids on the playground, have been giddily repeating the expletive for days now. [Remember when they reacted the same way to Obama’s use of the word “sh**show,” with regard to Libya, two years ago? Me neither.]
 
But as with most of their pearl-clutching drama, the MSM’s overreaction is probably calculated to distract from much more significant events – like the president’s immigration meeting last Tuesday ~

Journalists were surprised by President Donald Trump’s transparency after he opened the doors to reporters during a bipartisan meeting with congressional leaders on Tuesday.

 

In the following video Michael Knowles points out just how masterfully the president managed the discussion. In particular, contrasting Trump’s leadership skills in a meeting like this, with Obama’s typically petty and contentious behavior in a similar situation. It’s difficult to imagine BHO even hosting such an open forum, much less presiding in such an evenhanded way ~
 
The Art Of The Deal: A Play-By-Play ~ Michael Knowles analyzes Trump’s Jan. 9th live White House meeting on immigration

The King of Reality TV just gave us one of his best episodes yet. We’ll break down the DACA meeting scene by scene, line by line:

 

Relevant portion of video ends around the 25 min. mark

 
Donald Trump comes across as a knowledgeable, skilled negotiator in this video; presidential even. So of course we can understand why the partisan mainstreams prefer to be faux-outraged over some too-coarse verbiage – parroting the word endlessly – rather than engage in some actual honest reporting.
 
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Updated: 1-14-18 ~
After another look at the video, I’m pretty sure that by indignantly accusing the president of throwing around the sh**hole word, Dick Durbin and his fellow Democrats were not only yellling “squirrel!” but also vindictively reacting to the way Trump, with his skillful boardroom tactics, was able to make them look like the miserable poltroons they are. 😀
 
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Related:
President Trump’s Remark on [Expletive] Countries: Another Chance for Insufferable Virtue-Signaling

April Ryan Relays Plan for People to Call Airlines and Book Flights to ‘S-Hole’ Countries

Of Crudeness and Truth ~ Thoughts on President Trump’s latest verbal tempest

West African: Trump is Right, Africa is a Continent of Sh*t ~

“President Donald Trump is absolutely right. Africa is a continent of sh*t,” says Mamady Traore, a 30-year-old sociologist in the West African nation of Guinea. “When you have heads of state who mess with the constitutions to perpetuate their power. When you have rebel factions that kill children, disembowel women as saints, who mutilate innocent civilians. Frankly, it must be said that it’s crap.”

TRUTH: If Certain Nations Weren’t ‘Sh*tholes,’ Their People Wouldn’t Be Flooding HERE ~ Reality Check video from Brittany Hughes at MRCTV

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Saturday Shorts – 1-13-18

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Random links of interest, concern or curiosity from the past week or so, that deserve at least a SHORT mention:

 
These pictures of Iraq 60 years ago will make you wish you lived thereBasra was known as the ‘Venice of the Middle East’ ~ Before the Islamists took over, Iraq was living in the 20th century with the rest of us.
 
Canadians Shocked When Minimum Wage Hike Negatively Impacts Workers ~ Wait – what? Interfering with the free market is actually a bad thing? :roll: When will progressives ever get it? ~

(A)s soon as the new mandatory minimum went into effect on January 1st, big employers of largely unskilled, lower wage workers responded in the only way available to them. They began cutting costs, starting with perks and benefits, but also reducing hours and even laying off workers. This left many “living wage” advocates in Canada shocked and dismayed. (MSN)

 
Treehouse appeal goes to Supreme Court ~ An interesting case (The Supremes haven’t yet agreed to review it.). Lynn Tran and Richard Hazen who run a rental property called Angelinos Sea Lodge on Anna Maria Island on Florida’s west coast were initially told by the city that their treehouse wouldn’t require a building permit. Apparently it did. Now the city says it has to go. ~

If the treehouse ultimately has to go, there’s a lurking irony for the couple. To take down the structure, they’ll need the one thing they didn’t have before they began putting it up: a city permit.

 
Email from a Muslim: “Anyone who doesn’t understand that living conditions under Islam are intolerable is simply blind to reality” ~ From a young woman whose family was able to escape the ****hole of Pakistan ~

In an Islamic Society, no one, not even children are safe. In schools, they resorted to violence to get students to behave […]
 
When I visited in 2003 at the age of 5, I saw some very disturbing things. In an Islamic society, I felt very unsafe. There were gangs around to assault people. No industrialization. Streets were dirty. Thugs everywhere. In homes, there were not any toilets. Using the bathroom was gross. All of this was a result of lack of freedom.

 
‘How is This Legal?’ Victims Urge Congress to Take a Stand Against Internet Sex Trafficking ~ Introduced by Senator Rob Portman (R-OH) the Stop Enabling Sex Traffickers Act, or SESTA, would prevent those who use the web to traffic adults and minors from escaping liability ~

Lauren Hersh, a former New York City prosecutor, left her job to become an advocate for victims when she saw the shift to online trafficking and a shortage of laws regulating the new marketplace. Hersh now works as the director of World Without Exploitation.
 
“I guess for the last six, maybe six and a half years I’ve been yelling at the computer screen saying, ‘How is this possible? How is this legal watching young people being sold day in and day out? And websites making huge amounts of money from it?'” questioned Hersh.

Libertarians (who automatically oppose most legislation) claim that SESTA is unnecessary, but proponents assert ~

The act won’t limit civil liberties. It will strike a blow to the illegal sex trade and stop tech companies from profiting from human pain […]
 
The language in the bill was narrowly crafted to apply only to those who have knowingly engaged in online sex trafficking. It does not limit the controversial or critical online speech protected by the first amendment.

 
WV pastor: Let’s have debate, Facebook, over ‘hate’ ~ This craziness needs to stop! Mis-characterizing truth about homosexuality as hate speech results in angry death treats for the offenders ~

(Pastor) Penkoski’s ongoing dispute with homosexual activists grew so dangerous to his safety over the summer that law enforcement authorities advised him to move his family.
 
Penkoski says he personally knows what constitutes “hate speech,” because he receives it constantly. “Telling somebody that they should go kill themselves, that they don’t deserve to live,” he complains. […]
 
“We don’t call them any names. We don’t use any derogatory terms to describe people,” Penkoski insists, referring to his preaching against homosexuality. “We don’t wish harm on anyone, ever.”

 
YouTube continues to restrict many PragerU videos ~ Please sign this petition to help fight back against monopolistic media censorship ~

There is no excuse for Google and YouTube censoring and restricting any PragerU videos, which are produced with the sole intent of educating people of all ages about America’s founding values. We need your help to tell YouTube that their restriction of our videos is wrong. Join the thousands of Americans who value the free exchange of ideas.

 

BACKFIRE: Why the Sexual Harassment Revolution FAILED ~ Kevin Jackson (TheBlackSphere.net), political commentator, talk radio host, points out the hypocrisy behind the harasser witch hunt ~

What we’ve learned about the Women’s Movement is women were complicit in hurting other women. They ALL knew what was happening […]
 
Hollywood, a system run by Leftists. Women created these male bullies, and were all too happy to get ahead in the system, then run interference for these bullies.

 
Women Are Not Powerless; They’re Misguided ~ Another truth bomb from another black man. Mychal Massie is rightly offended by the lack of respect the liberal women have for themselves ~

Those like (April) Ryan (White House correspondent), Don Lemon (CNN host), and every liberal woman and in no few instances conservative women, must be held accountable for the zeitgeist of whoredom perpetuated with Hollywood, the music industry, and as has now been shown within Congress, political circles, and the mainstream media both print and cable. And I submit that they must be held accountable because they value their so-called careers more than they do their dignity and self-esteem.

 
Teaching Children Not to Come in From the Cold ~ Dealing with adversity. How winter weather can remind us that life isn’t supposed to be all warm and fuzzy ~

Cruel are those who desire that children be shielded from all suffering and misfortune. Such children will enter the world unprepared for the trials that inevitably await them. They will experience resentment and rage because they believe misfortunes to be unfair (and they often are unfair).
 
They will feel entitled to all benefits without the effort of meriting them. These poor children will suffer much more than those who embrace misfortune. They will melt like snowflakes before adversity. They will resort to drugs and addictions as a means to escape the reality of life’s misfortunes. They will come in from the least cold.

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Media kicks God out of sports coverage

Watching last Monday night’s National College Football Championship I’ll admit I was rooting for the underdog, Georgia. And for most of the game everything was going their way. But never count the Crimson Tide out.
 
After starting quarterback Jalen Hurts turned in a lackluster first half, head coach Nick Saban replaced him with back-up QB Tua [Tuanigamanuolepola :) ] Tagovailoa. (Imagine learning to spell that name in kindergarten!) A true freshman from Hawaii, Tagovailoa turned in an inspired performance! Playing with amazing poise under pressure he helped Alabama reverse a 0-13 halftime score and led them to a final, overtime victory of 26-23 with a stunning 41-yard touchdown pass ~
 
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Saban’s quarterback switch to Tagovailoa proved genius in the end, though, with the freshman phenom throwing the walk-off touchdown in overtime to beat Georgia 26-23. Tagovailoa finished with 166 yards passing and three touchdowns to one interception.

Source: Ben Kercheval/CBS Sports

 
But what impressed me more than Tua’s feats on the field were his remarks immediately following the game when his first reaction was to thank God for his acomplishments ~

“Excuse me,” Tua Tagovailoa said as he was interviewed by ESPN. “First and foremost, I’d just like to thank my Lord and Savior, Jesus Christ. With him, all things are possible. That’s what happened tonight.”
 
“All glory goes to God,” Tagovailoa said later in the interview. “I can’t describe what He’s done for me and my family. Who would have ever thought I would have been here, right now in this moment. So, you know, thank God for that, and I’d just like to thank my teammates and coach Saban for giving me the opportunity.”

 
If you weren’t watching the championship live, this may be the first time you’re aware of his acknowledgement. That’s thanks to a sports media that is every bit as anti-God as the mainstreams. Tagovailoa’s praise for his Lord and Savior, Jesus Christ is notably missing from most reportage on the game.
 

What makes this omission more of a trend, than simply an isolated oversight, is the fact that it happens all the time. Here was another example just the other day ~ Steelers Linebacker Gives God Credit for Healing After Injury: Mainstream Media Deletes It.
 
RShazierDuring a December 4th game against Cincinnati, Pittsburg Steelers linebacker Ryan Shazier sustained what looked to be a very scary spinal injury. Just over a month later he’s made significant progress and – as Nancy Flory at The Stream reports – he is praising God for the improvement. This was Shazier’s Jan. 10th Instagram post ~

I want to thank the Lord for the first downs that he has been allowing me to achieve. The touchdown is going to come in his timing, but today was a first down. I was finally able to make it to practice with my teammates. It’s great to be back for practices and meetings. Just to be able to feel a part of it means the world. So I’m working harder than I ever have to get back. Ive been making strides over the past month and continue to make progress. Taking it day-by-day, but I’m far from done. The Lord has not finished his work yet. I want to say thank you to the fans and Steelers Nation for the prayers. If it wasn’t for my family, friends and your prayers I wouldn’t be were (sic) I am now. They have lifted me and my family through this journey and I ask for you to continue praying for me, as I continue to work daily on improving my health. #Shalieve#Steelers#prayfor50

 
But once again the mainstream media accounts deliberately ignored any references to the Lord in their reports ~

The Washington Post mutilated Shazier’s quote and reported that Shazier “promised that the ‘touchdown is going to come.’” […]
 
WaPo also deleted Shazier’s sentence, “The Lord has not finished His work yet.” They further chose not to print Shazier’s references to the Lord in the beginning of the tweet.
 
According to CBN, The Associated Press also deleted references to God or the Lord in its reporting.

 

Weird eh? You’d almost think these secularists thought the Constitution guaranteed freedom from religion instead of freedom of religion.
 
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Related:
Clemson’s divine victory ~ The media overlooked Clemson’s faith in God and the fact that they gave all glory to Him for their victory over Alabama last year.

Why is YouTube censoring God?

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