Monday, October 16, 2017

Harvey Weinstein Looking For a Cure? : Look No Further

Know this - if Harvey is looking for cure, he found it!

And then Harvey said, ''She wanted a treatment right now! Yikes!''

Trump Understands National Security : Internal and External Threats

This law has a great track record, except for several progressive liberal doormats that used it to attack Republicans. Even though this is a breech of the law, it was done for good reason, as the Republicans were mounting a good campaign in the last election for president which Barack and the progresses democrats saw as a threat to their personal agenda and ideology, let alone their candidate for president, Hillary Clinton.

Still, as we all are aware, the ''Unmasking'' of names gathered under the 702 provision by United Nation Ambassador Samantha Powers and National Security Advisors Susan Rice, was not seen as a problem because they strongly believed Donald Trump was an imminent threat to the country and to the progressive socialist liberal democrat collective( party).

And that democrats were and are still using these two agencies, and others, cabinet positions as a tool to attack and defeat political opponents was not a breech of  the law, just as the media, Barack and the progressive democrats didn't see weaponizing the IRS to attack Tea-Party organizations was legitimate and useful for securing the nation from internal threats to our country.

I wonder if our real national security threat isn't the Russians so much, but others closer to home.

Trump’s National Security Team Argues for Keeping Foreign Spying Tool
Fred Lucas / /    

An Islamic State operative encouraged his followers on social media to carry out attacks in Europe and the United States, posting names and addresses of U.S. soldiers and writing: “Behead them in their own homes” and “Stab them to death as they walk their streets thinking they are safe.”

The ISIS operative, Shawn Parson, could not have been killed in Syria in 2015 without what is known as Section 702 of the Foreign Intelligence Surveillance Act, FBI Director Chris Wray said Friday during an event at The Heritage Foundation.

“These are real-world consequences,” Wray told an audience at the think tank’s Capitol Hill headquarters. “Those are American servicemen and servicewomen he’s talking about, and Section 702 helped us break that network, identify the people who he was in contact with.”

The Trump administration is stressing the need to reauthorize Section 702 of FISA. That section, which expires Dec. 31, authorizes the government to target non-U.S. persons outside the United States in order to acquire intelligence.

Wray said the same program allowed the FBI to stop a terrorist attack on the New York City subway system in 2009.

However, some in Congress have raised concerns about Fourth Amendment protections against unreasonable searches and seizures, and about adequate oversight of intelligence gathering done by the National Security Agency. Wray contends that law enforcement and intelligence, at the recommendation of the 9/11 Commission, worked to tear down walls to better connect dots to stem future terrorist attacks in America and elsewhere.

“Unfortunately, some of the potential amendments that we’ve heard about as part of this reauthorization discussion strike me as eerily similar to rebuilding walls like we had before 9/11,” the FBI director said. “It’s like watching well-intentioned people positioning bricks back in the walls again, perhaps growing complacent from the fact that we haven’t been attacked again.”

Sens. Rand Paul, R-Ky., and Ron Wyden, D-Ore., have vowed to “fight tooth and nail” for major reforms to the law, casting a critical eye on Section 702 for lacking transparency.
The two senators wrote in an oped:
FISA absolutely needs to be reformed and made to comply with the Constitution. The data collected under Section 702 is gathered under an almost limitless standard. We tolerate that standard because the targets are not U.S. citizens and are not located on American soil, even though they may be communicating with Americans. A constitutional problem arises, however, when we allow the intelligence community and domestic law enforcement to search and use the data collected on Americans without constitutional protections. Reform of FISA needs to prevent these searches and the use of this data in domestic crime. Without these reforms, the program does not comply with the Fourth Amendment.
Without the Section 702 program, the United States would not have had the information last year to track down and kill Haji Imam, the No. 2 ISIS leader, Adm. Mike Rogers, director of the National Security Agency, said at the Heritage event. “Had it not been for 702 authority, after nearly two years of trying to find him, after an extended period of a multimillion bounty on his head, it was only because of 702-generated authority, or insight, that we were ultimately able to find him,” Rogers said.
Safeguards are in place, he said.

“The law is very specific to prevent us from indiscriminately collecting information,” Rogers said.
Director of National Intelligence Dan Coats, also speaking at the Heritage event, stressed how seldom the program goes awry:
The unintended errors that have taken place throughout this program, we keep track of everyone of these, we release this to the public, to the oversight committees, and the error rate is significantly below 1 percent. I can’t find another agency in government with an error rate of 0.43, 0.51, unintended. Throughout the life of this authority that we have, we have not found one intentional breach, one intentional misuse of this authority.

Supreme Court to Rule On Cake Baker : Now A Cake for Satan!?

It will be interesting to find out where the progressive socialist liberal democrats come down on this situation. Socialist liberalism is secularist and therefore will do what ever is necessary to stand in the way of citizens with a Christian Faith in the God.

That this has to go before the Supreme Court is telling. The forces of division, chaos and evil are always finding ways to test our system of justice under our Constitution. It's just now that the 'people' are taking a stand against the corrupt system that has ruled our civil society for the past several decades, maybe even the last several generations, but now are fighting back.

It's the same people that have awakened to those in our country that wish to do us harm, and elected President Trump to stop the contemptuous debauchery of progressive liberal socialism.

EXCLUSIVE: Colorado Baker Asked to Make ‘Birthday Cake’ for Satan
Kelsey Harkness / /

The Christian baker in Colorado who was sued for declining to make a cake for a same-sex couple’s wedding reception received a strange request last month: Design and bake a cake celebrating Satan’s birthday. “I would like to get a quote on a birthday cake, for a special event,” the email request to baker Jack Phillips, sent Sept. 30 and exclusively obtained by The Daily Signal, reads. It continues:
It is a cake that is religious in theme, and since religion is a protected class, I am hoping that you will gladly bake this cake. As you see, the birthday cake in question is to celebrate the birthday of Lucifer, or as they [sic] are also known Satan who was born as Satan when he was cast from heaven by God.
The request for Phillips to quote a price for the cake also asks for an “upside down cross, under the head of Lucifer.”

The incident exemplifies the complexity of government laws mandating that those in creative occupations violate their religious beliefs in serving clients or customers.

This is a danger that lawyers for Phillips, owner of Masterpiece Cakeshop in Lakewood, Colorado, say they’re raising before the U.S. Supreme Court, which in June agreed to take the baker’s case.
Phillips gained nationwide attention after declining to make the wedding cake for the gay couple, and eventually being found guilty of discrimination by a Colorado state agency and the courts.

Phillips has told The Daily Signal and others that his Christian faith not only doesn’t allow him to design and make cakes celebrating same-sex unions, it prevents him from designing cakes that involve such elements as witchcraft or explicit sexuality.

“The request for Jack to make a cake celebrating Satan proves the danger of using these kinds of laws to force people in the artistic profession to create artwork that violates their beliefs,” Jeremy Tedesco, a senior counsel at Alliance Defending Freedom, told The Daily Signal in a phone interview. “The request from the Satanists is essentially the same as the request that Jack Phillips received from the same-sex couple to create a cake that violates his beliefs, because in both instances, the requester can say the law covers my request. For the Satanists, they’re going to say it’s religious discrimination for you to say no to a cake that I’m requesting because of my protected status.”

Alliance Defending Freedom, a Christian legal organization, represents Phillips in his case. Lawyers told The Daily Signal that Phillips received a second Satan-themed cake request by phone this month, this time asking that Satan be depicted smoking a joint.

The case dates to 2012, when the same-sex couple, David Mullins and Charlie Craig, got a marriage license in Massachusetts and asked Phillips to design and bake a cake for their reception back home in Colorado.

Lawyers for Mullins and Craig, who are represented by the American Civil Liberties Union, filed a complaint against Masterpiece Cakeshop with the state of Colorado, alleging Phillips’ refusal to make the cake violates the state’s public accommodation law.

Administrative Law Judge Robert N. Spencer ruled against Masterpiece Cakeshop on Dec. 6, 2013, concluding that Phillips discriminated against the couple “because of their sexual orientation.”
Phillips’ lawyers at Alliance Defending Freedom have appealed the ruling through courts in Colorado and now to the Supreme Court.

Phillips received the email request for the Satanist cake, published in full below, on Sept. 30. His lawyers would not comment on how Phillips handled either request. The individual emailing the request, whose name was redacted by Alliance Defending Freedom, appears to have targeted Phillips because of his Christian beliefs. The email reads:
I thought I would seek you out, to bake this cake since you appear to be a very moral person since you refused to bake a cake for same sex couples. And since religion is a protected class, I hope you will be willing to bake this cake, so my small group of religious friends can celebrate the birthday of Lucifer this coming November, just a few days after Halloween.
The request may end up helping Phillips’ cause, rather than hurting it. “If we’re going to live in a world where these kinds of laws can be used to force people like Jack Phillips to create cakes that violate his beliefs about marriage, we’re also going to have to live in a world where people can be forced to create cakes celebrating Satan,” Tedesco said, adding:
It’s very easy to get caught up, and people do get caught up, in the idea that the case is just about a Christian cake artist who doesn’t want to create cakes supporting same-sex marriages, but the issue is much broader than that. If the government has the power to force Jack to create cakes and engage in artistic expression that violates his beliefs, it has that power over all of us. That’s why you can be for same-sex marriage, but you can also be for, and should be for, Jack Phillips to prevail in this case.
Oral arguments in the Supreme Court case, Masterpiece Cakeshop v. Colorado Civil Rights Commission, are scheduled to take place Dec. 5, with a decision expected next year.

Trumps Acts to Stem Damage of OgbjmaCare : Congress Fails Again!

Rand Paul finally on board to start the process.
Rand Paul applauds Trump's action on health care? This is progress towards once and for all destroying the nightmare that is OgbjmaCare and on brought on by only progressive socialist liberal democrats.

Not one Republican was asked to contribute in it's making and not one voted to approve it.

OgbjmaCare was designed to fail as Barack's man, Johnathan Gruber, had to explain Barak had to lie about his health care bill ''as the voters are to stupid to understand how it will function to benefit them''.

But the question that remains is why did the Republicans vote against it to start with, but now hide under their desks when it demands they vote to destroy it?

Trump, Paul Forge Alliance on ‘Biggest Free-Market Reform of Health Care in Generation’
Fred Lucas / /    

Unable so far to achieve even a partial rollback of Obamacare from Congress, President Donald Trump signed an executive order Thursday that could make it easier for some consumers to buy insurance across state lines—potentially increasing competition. “The competition will be staggering,” Trump said before signing the order. “Insurance companies will be fighting to get every single person signed up, and you will be hopefully negotiating, negotiating, negotiating, and you’ll get such low prices for such great care.” “Should have been done a long time ago, and it could have been done a long time ago,” he said.

Trump’s executive order primarily does three things:
  • Allows more small businesses to form associations to buy insurance plans, with the goal of creating more competition and expanding options across state lines.
  • Reviews establishment of “short-term limited duration insurance,” which would not be subject to Obamacare’s expensive and comprehensive coverage regulations.
  • Makes it easier for businesses to offer health reimbursement accounts, to allow more employees of small businesses to get coverage through work.
Sen. Rand Paul, R-Ky., who opposed the recent Graham-Cassidy measure in the Senate to roll back Obamacare, heralded the executive order during the White House ceremony. “President Trump is doing what I believe is the biggest free-market reform of health care in a generation. This reform, if it works and goes as planned, will allow millions of people to get insurance across state lines at an inexpensive price,” Paul said, speaking before the president did.

Trump, during his remarks, acknowledged the significance of the support from Paul, with whom he sparred during the 2016 Republican presidential primary season. “I can say, when you get Rand Paul on your side, it has to be positive, that I can tell you. Boy,” Trump said to laughter and applause. “I was just saying as he’s getting up and saying all these wonderful things about what we’re going to be announcing, I said, ‘Boy, that’s pretty unusual. I’m very impressed.’”

Trump nearly walked away after his remarks before Vice President Mike Pence reminded him he still had to sign the order. After signing it, Trump gave the pen to Paul.

Trump did take a veiled swipe at congressional inaction on dismantling Obamacare when he noted: “For a long period of time since I’ve started running and since I became president of the United States, I just keep hearing ‘Repeal and replace, repeal and replace.’ Well, we’re starting that process, and we’re starting it in a very positive manner.”

After two tries, the House passed a measure to replace the Affordable Care Act, popularly known as Obamacare, but the Senate failed twice to get legislation to a conference committee after a few Republican defections—one of whom was Paul the last time. “He is trying to give relief to Americans, through small group coverage, who are looking at horrendous premium increases,”

Robert Moffit, a senior fellow in health policy at The Heritage Foundation and a former deputy assistant secretary for the Department of Health and Human Services, said. “There has to be an option for people that don’t get subsidies or we will see a reversal in the gains from Obamacare,” Moffit said. “There will be more uninsured.”

The Senate first tried to passed a “skinny repeal” of Obamacare that failed in a floor vote after three Republican defections: Susan Collins of Maine, John McCain of Arizona, and Lisa Murkowski of Alaska.

A subsequent bill sponsored by Sens. Lindsey Graham, R-S.C., and Bill Cassidy, R-La., focused on block-granting health care dollars to the states but never made it to a floor vote after Collins, McCain, and Paul all came out against it. By that point, Murkowski had said that she disliked the process.

“You look at what’s happening with the premiums and the increases of 100 percent and 120 percent, and even in one case, Alaska, over 200 percent and now, every congressional Democrat has blocked the effort to save Americans from Obamacare, along with a very small, frankly, handful of Republicans—three,” Trump said, adding:
Premiums have gone skyrocketing, [and] today, one-third of all the counties in America have only a single insurer selling coverage on an exchange, and next year it looks like nearly half of all counties in our country—think of that—all of the counties, one half will have only one insurer, and many will have none.

Sunday, October 15, 2017

Tax Reform For Prosperity : The Pride of A Job Well Done!

Little wonder that the progressive socialist liberal democrats are dead set against tax reform as it will help the average voter, citizen become more self sufficient and independent from government influence which means the liberal democrats will lose voters.

Keeping the lower and middle classes wanting a better life but have no way to gain increased prosperity with economy in decline, is the agenda and ideology of the democrats to insure their voter base will always be ready to vote for them as means just for survival.

The tax reform coming from the Republicans makes the necessary changes that will allow the average citizen to become self sufficient and energized to go to work as a matter of pride as anything else, knowing that they are providing for themselves and their family though and by their own efforts.

Government subsides are a sure means to destroy the pride in a job will done. Self sufficiency is the only way to gain prosperity that means there is a future worth working for.

Tax Reform Is ‘Opportunity of a Lifetime’ That ‘Has to Be Seized,’ Ryan Says
Rachel del Guidice / /    

House Speaker Paul Ryan says the Republicans’ tax plan will introduce reforms that are 31 years in the making.  “Our plan will lower tax rates at every income level for families,” Ryan, R-Wis., said Thursday in a speech at The Heritage Foundation. “It will deliver the lowest tax rate in modern history for job creators of all sizes. We will end the death tax, repeal the alternative minimum tax, and eliminate the marriage penalty.”  

He added: “That moment is here, and that moment is now, and like any opportunity of a lifetime, it has to be seized.”

The Republicans’ tax reform framework—released Sept. 27 by Ryan, Senate Majority Leader Mitch McConnell, and other GOP leaders—seeks to significantly simplify the tax code. It would be the first such major overhaul of the tax code since the Reagan administration in 1986.

Releasing the framework was part of Republicans’ strategy learned from their failure to repeal Obamacare, Ryan said.  “The reason we wanted to do it this way, release a framework, is a lesson we learned from health care,” he said, adding:
So, what we decided to do was to put more time and energy into the front end of the process, to get everyone on the same page, to agree on this framework, which … was written by the Senate Finance Committee and the House Ways and Means Committee with the Trump White House.
The GOP tax reform plan calls for roughly doubling taxpayers’ standard deduction, under which an individual’s first $12,000 of income would become tax-free, as would the first $24,000 for married couples. It would also condense the current seven tax brackets to three.

Depending on one’s income, individual taxpayers currently may be taxed at one of these percentages: 10, 15, 25, 28, 33, 35, or 39.6. The three brackets in Republicans’ proposed framework are 12 percent, 25 percent, and 35 percent. The framework would end personal exemptions for dependents, increase the child tax credit, and end the estate tax, which opponents refer to as the “death tax.”

“We will end the death tax, repeal the alternative minimum tax, and eliminate the marriage penalty,” Ryan said. “All of this will mean more jobs, fairer taxes, and bigger paychecks. For our economy, it will mean the real growth that has eluded us for too long will be restored.”

While tax reform would be a great boost to the economy, he said, it reaches beyond purely economic interests.  “It is also in our greater national interests,” the House speaker said. “And the reason is this: Embedded in our DNA is this beautiful notion, ‘The condition of your birth does not determine the outcome of your life.’ And, what affects it, what drives it, it’s your own striving, it’s your own sense of purpose.”

Ryan also stressed tax reform was crucial for not allowing liberals to control the country. “If we choose to do nothing, we allow people struggling to get by to become the permanent normal. We allow stagnation to become our way of life,” he warned. “And you know as well I do that if we fail to restore real growth and opportunity, that plays directly into the hands of the left. Stagnation is a breeding ground for a class-based society where elites in Washington seek to micromanage and predetermine the path of our lives.”

“They would rather equalize the outcomes and lull us into lives of dependency. We have seen this too many times before, and we cannot let it happen again,” he said. “Right now, we have the chance to get off this downward path.” Special-interest groups will try to derail tax reform, Ryan warned.
Where better to start than the same, tired old line of attack that this tax cut is ‘a tax cut for the rich at the expense of the middle class’?
 … You know what the irony is of all this? A tax system that disproportionately benefits the wealthy instead of the middle class? That’s the one we’ve got right now.
It works best for those who know how to take advantage of all the breaks and deductions.
The last time Congress updated the tax code was in 1986, with President Ronald Reagan’s Tax Reform Act, and the speaker of the House said the new plan will not harm the middle class, as opponents claim.

“They will tell you that eliminating carveouts will actually hurt middle-class families, rather than special interests,” Ryan said, adding, “This one takes the cake. Most hardworking Americans never see a dime from these loopholes. Instead, these pet provisions just reward the few and keep rates artificially high for everybody else.”

The Wisconsin lawmaker said he is confident the push for tax reform will be successful.  “This is the kind of bold reform that will revive Main Streets across the country, something that we so desperately need,” Ryan said. “Working together, House, Senate, President [Donald] Trump, we will see this thing through.”

Adam Michel, a tax policy analyst at The Heritage Foundation, told The Daily Signal in an email that tax reform will benefit all Americans.  
I agree with the speaker. Those who support higher wages, more jobs, and better opportunities for all Americans should also be in full support of the tax reform framework that was recently released.
Those who demagogue any tax reform effort as just ‘tax cuts for the rich’ are both defending the status quo economy and are doing a disservice to working Americans who stand to get a raise from tax reform.
After all, we know businesses are made up of people, and a vast majority of the cost of business taxes are passed on to workers.

Saturday, October 14, 2017

Hollywood Is a Fantasy : Actors Are Confused by Reality

The media takes a survey of Hollywood actors during their last public event on what is moral and who is causing unethical and immoral activity, So then, will all those that believe the Republicans are the cause of all immoral hardship in America please move to this side of the room. And those that are left standing in the aisles, in the hall ways, and those that are sitting must believe the democrats are the way forward. 

The reality is, Hollywood is a fantasy where the law is what is found in a script that others wrote for them and then actors read and act out what others wrote for them, a fantasy. The truth can be anything they want it to be and is. 

And after years of living a fantasy, reality is confusing and unnatural. The conflict in the actors understanding between fact and fiction causes them to misinterpret reality thereby making them say and do things that appear as though they are mentally unbalanced and out of touch. They  don't make much sense to people that have to live in the present.

The Hollywood narrative is ''How can we be immoral, our work fantasy''?

Progressive Judges Prostitute The Law : Ideology And Not The Law

And we are suppose to believe that our judges are the smartest people in the room when they compare an advertisement 'whites applicants only' as equal to ones religious faith and values? That is know this judge is a progressive socialist liberal democrat speaks volumes for understanding his education about the Constitution and morality, to say nothing about understanding the law itself.

One has to understand as well, all aspects of our government are infested with the disease of progressive socialist liberalism, and will continue to be for several more generations if we don't make a concerted effort to eliminate them office. 

The good news is the ''people'' won the first battle in the effort to save our country when they elected Donald Trump. He said he would drain the swamp of progressive liberals and he is doing just that.

But now we have to join again in November of next year to vote out as many democrats a possible. This will decidedly make a big difference in solving many of our national problems.

This Couple Faces Jail Time If They Film Weddings, But Decline Same-Sex Wedding
Ian Snively /

Minnesota videographers Carl and Angel Larsen would like to film weddings. But thanks to a Minnesota law, they’re concerned that they cannot do so without risking either violating their religious beliefs or facing fines and jail time.

“Marriage is a central theme in our lives,” Carl Larsen said. “My wife and I have been married for 15 years, and we’re passionate about seeing marriages thrive.” The Larsens are hoping to expand their videography business, Telescope Media Group in St. Cloud, Minnesota, to include filming weddings, but not those of same-sex couples.

The Larsens pre-emptively filed a lawsuit on Dec. 6 against the commissioner of Minnesota’s Department of Human Rights and Minnesota’s attorney general over a section in Chapter 363A.17 of the Minnesota Human Rights Act.

The law states that it’s “an unfair discriminatory practice for a person engaged in a trade or business or in the provision of a service … to intentionally refuse to do business with, to refuse to contract with, or to discriminate in the basic terms, conditions, or performance of the contract because of a person’s … sexual orientation,” among other factors.

The Larsens argued that the statute violates their rights under the First and 14th Amendments, including their right to free speech, free exercise of religion, and due process. They fear that the law would force them to make and promote videos of same-sex marriages if they decide to begin offering their services to film weddings. “I was deeply concerned, because I want to tell stories that are consistent with the mission of our business,” Larsen said.

The U.S. District Court in Minnesota ruled on Sept. 20 that the statute does not violate First and 14th Amendment rights.

The court explained that posting language on a website “telling potential customers that a business will discriminate based on sexual orientation is part of the act of sexual orientation discrimination itself; as conduct carried out through language, this act is not protected by the First Amendment.”
“While carried out through language, the statement is conduct akin to a ‘White Applicants Only’ sign that may be prohibited without implicating the First Amendment,” the court said.  The Larsens plan to appeal the ruling by U.S. District Judge John Tunheim, an appointee of President Bill Clinton. 

They must file the appeal before an Oct. 20 deadline, said Jeremy Tedesco, senior counsel for the Alliance Defending Freedom, a conservative Christian nonprofit legal organization defending the Larsens. The alliance is also defending Jack Phillips, a Colorado bakery owner who is arguing for his right to refuse to make a cake for a same-sex couple’s commitment ceremony. Phillips’ case is pending before the U.S. Supreme Court.

Tedesco said the “white applicants only” analogy was “an absurd comparison.” He said the biggest difference between the two examples is that a “whites only” sign is exclusionary based on an immutable characteristic or an uncontrollable trait. The Larsens’ choice not to make videos of same-sex marriages is based on a conflict in values.

“We want everyone to live according to their deepest convictions,” Carl Larsen says. (Photo: Alliance Defending Freedom)
“The core problem,” Tedesco said, “is that the court recognized there were First Amendment implications,” but the court decided to dismiss the case anyway.
Larsen explained that the couple’s intent is not to discriminate against same-sex couples, but rather to protect their own right to free expression and to practice their religious beliefs.
“We love people. All people. And we invite the world into our home,” Larsen said. “We even ask visitors to sign underneath our 12-foot kitchen table. We love having people who are different from us in our home. We regularly invite people with different political views, different religious views, even people who identify as LGBT, to join around our table.”

If the Larsens don’t win this case, Tedesco said, they would have to accept all requests for marriage videos, regardless of the sexes involved. Otherwise, the couple would face substantial fines and up to 90 days in jail for each case of “discrimination” in their business.
That punishment wouldn’t apply just to them, but to all Minnesotans seeking to build a business while staying true to their faith.
The Larsens hope that winning their case will protect free expression for all Americans.
“I wouldn’t want this law to be used to force an atheist to produce a video for a religious group,” Larsen said. “Or a Democrat to direct a video promoting a Republican issue. We want everyone to live according to their deepest convictions. We want our children and our children’s children to have that same freedom.”

Homeland Secretary Nielsen : Experienced And Ready

That Trump is appointing, nominated Kirstjen Nielsen as the new Homeland Security secretary is good news as she comes to the job with a wealth of expedience rather then some political hack from some past Republican campaign that needs a reward of service.

And that she was General's Kelly's chief of staff and wasn't ground to dust is another good indication she is well placed and ready to serve the needs of our country in such volatile times.

Homeland Security Needs a Tougher New Leader. It Looks Like It’ll Get One.
James Carafano / /

Want a really tough job? Try secretary of homeland security. The Department of Homeland Security comprises a sprawling enterprise touching on many of the federal government’s duties to keep the nation “safe, free, and prosperous.”

Homeland security is a 24/7/365 mission. And when done right, there are few tasks more thankless.
Every day, Americans get to live their lives unmolested by terror and unobservant of those charged to protect them. When the red lights start flashing, the department becomes the center of attention and scrutiny.

While our confidence has waxed and waned over the department’s 15-year history, what’s apparent is that when Homeland Security was well led, it has been a department that served the American people well. Even in his short tenure as secretary, John Kelly proved a great steward of the homeland security mission. He was the right leader for all the right reasons.

Even after he left, the department continued to reflect his style of get-the-job-done leadership. Elaine Duke has served well as acting secretary, and the department has delivered—most notably in its disaster response mission dealing with an unprecedented number of major storms and the horrific wildfires in California.

The department has gained uniformed praise with the notable exception of the recovery efforts in Puerto Rico, where criticism stemmed as much from raw partisanship as it did a realistic appreciation for how quickly efforts could be put in place to help millions of Americans at risk.

Tit-for-tat feuding aside, the reality is that without a massive and prompt federal response, there would not just be shortages in running water, electrical power, and long lines for supplies—there would have been an unprecedented loss of life that would have greatly dwarfed Katrina. What is notable is that despite outside attempts to turn a determined disaster response into a political albatross to hang around the neck of the administration, department officials shrugged off the controversies and focused on their job.

It’s not just the Federal Emergency Management Agency at work—the whole department is in the field dealing with the aftermath of four major disasters at the same time. It has been reported that on Wednesday, the president will announce the nomination of Kirstjen Nielsen as the next secretary of the department. Nielsen served as Kelly’s chief of staff at Homeland Security and currently in the White House.

There is no tougher person for the job than Nielsen. First of all, she passed the Kelly test. Working effectively for a tough boss alone makes her someone who can stand the fire in the kitchen.
But more than just being tough, she is smart and knows the ins and out of the mission of national security as well as anyone.

Those who have worked with her over the years respect her great expertise and knowledge in cybersecurity and other important technical and legal aspects of securing and protecting the nation.
Nielsen also served on the presidential transition team, where she helped assess the department’s strengths and weaknesses and formulate action plans to boost inter-department cooperation, human resources, and management—improving the nuts and bolts that have long hampered the department’s effectiveness.

She has had successful careers in both government and the private sector. She knows how the real world works, how to get things done—and most of all, she will be ready at the times the nation will need the department most.

Hollywood : Money Can Buy A Conscience

What exactly does it mean to be shameless and moral-less at the same time. then accepting $millions of dollars from the system that believes ethics and morality don't exist. The only thing that counts is the money because it can buy a conscience.

And what has been the tearful cry from these people in Hollywood? Trump and the Republicans are immoral and shameless. Who knew?
It is about the money. It is about ethics and morality.

Friday, October 13, 2017

Boy Scouts Admit Girls : Men No Longer Needed?

This is crazy on so many levels it's hard to begin, and so I won't rant on about how the Scouts were a great feature in my maturation, except to say the Boy Scouts of America were organized to help young boys become men that must be able to take the responsibility of being active in the community and our country to further what the founders of our country and the Scouts so wisely set forth so long ago.

Who would ever of thought that the Boy Scouts would willingly accept girls? What has happened to our civil society.  I find this very, very depressing. Will the guys be able to join the girl scouts?

Or is it time to make sure that men are no long men, but just bigger, taller and stronger women!!!!! YIKES!

Boys must understand what it means to be boys and then how to become men, and what better why to have focus on this education is for a man teaching them how. The presence of girls will taint this education. 

That having young girls as part of the growing up experience, to become and understand the masculine duties in their future, will not help them in their struggle, but be educated instead of what's wrong about masculinity, it becomes more important to be sanative to the demands of femininity.

Again this is not good ands must be reversed as soon as possible or all will be lost along with just about everything else that this country was founded on.

Boy Scouts Are Now Allowing Girls to Join
Henry Rodgers / /    

The Boy Scouts of America will now allow girls to join their well-known Cub Scout program, which will enable them to advance to the highest rank of Eagle Scout, according to a statement released Wednesday. The organization’s board of directors voted unanimously to make the historic change to the group that has been for boys since its founding over 100 years ago.
“Today, the Boy Scouts of America Board of Directors unanimously approved to [sic] welcome girls into its iconic Cub Scout program and to deliver a Scouting program for older girls that will enable them to advance and earn the highest rank of Eagle Scout,” the group said in a statement Wednesday.

“This decision is true to the BSA’s mission and core values outlined in the Scout Oath and Law. The values of Scouting—trustworthy, loyal, helpful, kind, brave and reverent, for example—are important for both young men and women,” said Michael Surbaugh, the Boy Scouts of America’s chief scout executive.

“We believe it is critical to evolve how our programs meet the needs of families interested in positive and lifelong experiences for their children. We strive to bring what our organization does best—developing character and leadership for young people—to as many families and youth as possible as we help shape the next generation of leaders,” he continued.

Starting in 2018, young girls will be able to join Cub Scout units. The historic decision reportedly comes after years of receiving requests from families and girls.

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