Twitter’s Evolution into Big Brother

The foundational, God-given liberty guaranteed to every American is freedom of speech.  Without it, there will not long be any others.

Consequently, the determined efforts of Leftists and the Islamists they enable that are aimed at silencing political opponents is an affront to the Constitution and a threat to the Republic.

This campaign has become far more dangerous thanks to the growing contribution being made to its reach by Silicon Valley’s giant social media companies. Globalist monopolies like Google, Facebook, YouTube and Twitter increasingly amount to unregulated utilities using their power to stifle conservative individuals and organizations with whom they disagree.

Now, comes word that Twitter will begin restricting access to its services on the basis not just of monitoring what users do with them, but what they are doing off its platform, as well.

Farewell First Amendment. Welcome Big Brother.

It’s Worse Than You Think: The Federal Government Has No Clue What It Is Spending

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By: Denise Simon | Political Vanguard

Do you think our federal government knows how much and where it is is spending money?

Well, think again.

Back in 2014, the Government Accountability Office presented this is prepared testimony:

The federal government has no idea how many tax dollars it’s wasting on redundant federal programs every year—but it’s likely in the neighborhood of $45 billion.”

That’s according to the Government Accountability Office, which identified more than two dozen new areas of inefficiency and overlap in its annual report to Congress. This is on top of the more than 160 redundant areas that the GAO has identified in its three previous reports.

“It’s impossible to account for how much money is wasted through duplication, in part because the government doesn’t keep track of which programs each agency is responsible for,” Comptroller Gene Dodaro said prepared congressional testimony.

Examples you ask?

Right now, there are 10 different agencies within the Department of Health and Human Services that are providing similar services relating to AIDS outreach in minority communities. There are also 11 different agencies performing autism research without properly coordinating their efforts.

In another example included in the 200-page report, the auditors found that Colorado’s Schriever Air Force Base has eight different satellite control centers controlling 10 different satellite programs.

Meanwhile, the report also identified a $4.2 billion loan program within the Department of Energy for Advanced Technology Vehicles Manufacturing that hasn’t been utilized since 2011.

There is even a video to report waste, fraud and abuse, but no one seems to know how to solve those issues. Checking the House Oversight and Government Reform Committee website, there are no reports or menu of items they are investigating. Where is the confidence in that?

The GAO issued a report dated November 2017, that included this little passage:

“Reported improper payment estimates totaled over $1.2 trillion government-wide from fiscal years 2003 through 2016. Agencies are statutorily required to perform improper payment risk assessments to identify programs and activities that may be susceptible to significant improper payments and are required to report an improper payment estimate for ones that are susceptible to significant improper payments.”

Due to the Harvey Weinstein predatory sexual behavior scandal, many other names have recently hit the headlines with similar cases including members of both houses of Congress. As such, we learned there is essentially a pay-off slush fund where the victim was provided taxpayer funds to shut up, sign a non-disclosure and to for the most part go away. Note the payouts:

Still not convinced spending is literally out of control?

GAO’s 2016 report found that the Social Security Administration (SSA) has not fully addressed the growing amount of Disability Insurance overpayments.  In FY 2014, SSA identified $1.3 billion in such payments, in part because Congress still allows individuals to collect both full Social Security Disability Insurance benefits and Unemployment Insurance at the same time.  The Congressional Budget Office (CBO) estimates that eliminating this double-dipping would save $1.9 billion over the next 10 years.    The Treasury department’s Earned Income Tax Credit program had $15.6 billion in improper payments and the Social Security Administration’s errant payments totaled $7.1 billion.

The 2016 report also highlights a mounting problem of obsolete information technology (IT) systems in the federal government.  For example, the Department of Homeland Security was supposed to integrate and modernize its 422 different human resources systems and applications in 2003.  GAO found that “limited progress” has been made, and none of its many recommendations in this area have been addressed.

The federal government spends more than $1 billion on mobile devices per year; however, “GAO found that among 15 selected agencies, only 5 had complete service and device inventories.”  Therefore, most agencies are unable to know when taxpayer-funded devices are no longer needed or are being abused.

The 2016 report also cites many other outlandish examples of government duplication run amok, one of the most obvious being the existence of two programs in two different agencies that are tasked with inspecting the same type of catfish.  There are 45 programs in nine different agencies for employment for people with disabilities.  The federal government operates more than 90 different programs to foster the construction of green buildings in the private sector.   In FY 2014, unobligated balances, or the amount of money not spent by an agency or department, stood at $870 billion.

So, it seems we have enough reasons to declare we don’t trust you, the government anymore right? Yes, but is anyone listening? Not so much.

So, trotting over to the U.S. Treasury website you can find the Final Monthly Treasury Statement. The report includes the final budget results and details a deficit of $666 billion for Fiscal Year 2017. Fascinating number eh?

The issue is only 36 pages and it is suggested you begin at Table 3 and mobilize a team of friends where collectively you can perhaps define the line items, the duplicate programs or worse why they exist at all.

There is an app for that at least at the state level for only a handful of states. Yeah for California, right?

The Pew Charitable Trust in part published the following:

“In Long Beach, California, six city employees were fired after people complained items had gone missing from inside impounded cars. In Philadelphia auditors found safety issues in a dozen rental properties as well as over $350,000 in unpaid taxes. And in Richmond, Virginia, a city employee is on the hook for nearly $10,000 in bogus expenses.”

All of these cases were brought to auditors’ attention by tipsters using hotlines or fraud apps, which allow smartphone users to anonymously report government waste, fraud and abuse.

Cities and states have long had hotlines for reporting misuse of government resources. But mobile apps bring a new level of sophistication. They allow people to submit photos and videos in support of their claims; and in some cases auditors can use the app to respond and ask for follow-up information, all while maintaining a tipster’s anonymity.

Sixty-four percent of American adults now carry a smartphone, according to a report from the Pew Research Center. (The Pew Charitable Trusts funds both the Pew Research Center and Stateline.) Because reporting waste, fraud and abuse through an app is so easy, people are more inclined to do so, auditors say.

“Smartphones are becoming a ubiquitous tool, and I think we need to meet people where they are,” said Dave Yost, the state auditor who in 2014 introduced a fraud app in Ohio.

The cost of developing the apps varies. Ohio was able to develop its app in-house, while Richmond spent about $10,000 for outside help. Pittsburgh’s app was unveiled this month. It cost $20,000 to develop and will cost $3,000 for upkeep, but it also allows users to access a range of databases on city contracts and campaign contributions.

Uncertain Impact

In many places, it’s hard to discern how much of a difference the apps are making compared to traditional hotlines because auditors don’t keep track of where tips originate. Many of the apps allow users to call a fraud hotline from the app.

So far, relatively few citizens have downloaded the apps. In Long Beach there have only been 160 downloads. In Ohio there have been 673. In Philadelphia, which in 2011 developed one of the first fraud apps, there have been 2,015 downloads.

Whether tips are received through a hotline or an app, governments have received valuable information.

This is an important exercise for every American paying taxes and the challenge is to question your senator or representative. If that fails, try contacting the House Oversight Committee and ask some hard questions, in fact make some demands.

Those dollars reported by Treasury, those dollars in payouts and those dollars in waste, fraud and abuse are yours….you need to take ownership all while we are watching congress playing in the tax reform sandbox.

What the Uranium One Documents Reveal

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By: Denise Simon | Founders Code

Uranium One is engaged through its subsidiaries and joint ventures in uranium production, and in the exploration and development of uranium properties, in Kazakhstan, the United States, Tanzania and elsewhere. Uranium One is focused on low cost and low technical risk operations, with existing, near and medium-term production visibility in some of the world’s largest uranium resource jurisdictions.

Uranium One is a joint venture partner with JSC NAC Kazatomprom, the Kazakhstan state-owned atomic energy company, in six major producing uranium mines in Kazakhstan – Akdala, South Inkai, Karatau, Akbastau, Zarechnoye and Kharasan. The company also operates the Willow Creek uranium mine in Wyoming, and is the operator of, and owns a 13.9 percent interest in, the Mkuju River uranium development project in Tanzania.

Uranium One’s revenues are largely derived from the sale of uranium concentrates. The company sells its uranium to major nuclear utilities in Russia, Europe, North America, South America, Middle East and Asia.

***

This was an internal coup advanced by the Obama administration. What is worse, where are those Hillary, State Department of CFIUS or White House related emails?

***

William Campbell, the FBI informant, documented for his FBI handlers the first illegal activity by Russians nuclear industry officials in fall 2009, nearly a entire year before the Russian state-owned Rosatom nuclear firm won Obama administration approval for the Uranium One deal, the memos show.

Evidence gathered by an FBI undercover informant conflicts with several media reports as well as statements by Justice officials concerning the connections between a Russian nuclear bribery case and the Obama administration’s approval of the sale of Uranium One to Russia’s state-owned Rosatom nuclear company. More here.

***

During Campbell’s time working as a confidential informant, he was required by the Russians to launder large sums of money to financial institutions in Cyprus, Latvia and Seychelles. With Campbell’s help the FBI uncovered an extensive money Russian nuclear money laundering apparatus and Campbell was working solo. He was required to launder money, from his own salary, on particular days and times when Russian money handlers would be working at the banks. If he missed a scheduled pay time for any reason his Russian counterparts would threaten him, he told his attorney. He was also required on many occasions to deliver cash directly to those who were being paid off, most of which he recorded on hidden cameras for the FBI.

It didn’t end there. In order to keep his cover he spent many nights with his Russian counterparts drinking, collecting information and more importantly gaining their trust. He was in his early 60s and his once unblemished driving record ended with a DUI in 2008 and two other reckless driving charges in 2010 and 2012, said Toensing, who noted they were all misdemeanors.

THE PLAYERS

The cast of characters deep within the Russian nuclear agency also included another American businessman named Rod Fisk, whose company Transportation Logistics International, also known as TLI,  was the primary transport company for Russian enriched uranium sold to the United States.

Fisk passed away in 2011, and his Vice President Daren Condrey replaced him. In 2015, Daren Condrey, of Maryland, pleaded guilty to conspiring to violate the Foreign Corrupt Practices Act (FCPA) and conspiring to commit wire fraud, according to the DOJ.

Adding to the colorful array of Russian criminals the FBI was watching, was a Russian national named Vadim Mikerin. He was then a top official of the Russian nuclear arms subsidiary Tenex. Mikerin, who had close ties to elite members of the Kremlin, and who bragged in emails and documents about his families connections to current Russian President Vladimir Putin, would later become president of Tenam, the American subsidiary that began operations in 2010, according to the contract. Boris Rubizhevsky, another Russian national from New Jersey,  who was  president of the security firm NEXGEN Security, also pleaded guilty in 2015, to conspiracy to commit money laundering.  He served as a consultant to TENAM and to Mikerin. He was sentenced to prison last week along with three years of supervised release and a $26,500 fine, according to a recent Reuters report.

Mikerin was eventually arrested for a racketeering scheme that dated back to 2004, and included fraud, extortion and money laundering. But he only plead guilty to money-laundering. He was sentenced to 48 months in prison in December 2015. More here.

Here are five revelations from those documents reviewed by The Hill:

Russia saw its purchase of Uranium One as part of a strategy to dominate global uranium markets, including making the United States more dependent on Moscow’s nuclear fuel.

Documents the informant gave the FBI clearly show that the purchase of Uranium One was seen by Russia and its American consultants as one tool in a strategy to “control” the uranium market worldwide. In the United States, that strategy focused on securing billions of new uranium contracts to create a new reliance on Russian nuclear fuel just as the Cold War-era Megatons to Megawatts program was ending.

Uranium One did export some of its U.S. uranium ore.

News organizations, including The Washington Post, continue to report none of Uranium One’s product left the U.S. after Russia took control. In fact, the Nuclear Regulatory Commission (NRC) approved an export license for a third party trucking firm to export Uranium One ore to Canada for enrichment, and that some of that uranium ended up in Europe, NRC memos show. Uranium One itself admits that as much as 25 percent of the uranium it exported to Canada ended up with European or Asian clients through what is know in the industry as “book transfers.”

The FBI informant Douglas Campbell does have information to share with Congress about Rosatom’s Uranium One purchase.

Justice officials have suggested in recent stories that Campbell has little on Uranium One because his work forced on nuclear bribery involving a different Rosatom subsidiary. While it’s true Campbell’s undercover work focused on criminality inside the Rosatom subsidiary Tenex, he did gather extensive documents about Rosatom’s efforts to win approval to buy Uranium One.

The FBI did have evidence that Rosatom officials were engaged in criminality well before the Obama administration approved Rosatom’s purchase of Uranium One.

Evidence that a foreign company is involved in criminality can disqualify it from Committee on Foreign Investment in the United States (CFIUS) approval to buy a sensitive U.S. asset. And Campbell helped the FBI recorded the first criminal activity by Rosatom officials inside its Tenex arm in November 2009, nearly an entire year before CFIUS approved Rosatom’s purchase of Uranium One.

Justice officials trusted the informant Campbell enough to keep him working undercover for six years and to pay him more than $51,000 once the convictions were secured.

A check obtained by The Hill shows the FBI paid Campbell an informant fee of more than $51,000 in January 2016, shortly after the last convictions in the Russian nuclear bribery case were made.

Zimbabwe’s President Mugabe Resigns After Impending Impeachment

After a 37-year rule, Zimbabwe President Robert Mugabe resigned on November 21st after an impending impeachment.

President Mugabe had refused to resign despite a military takeover, protests and the beginnings of impeachment. Mugabe’s rule has been criticized for intensified repression, election rigging, and is blamed as the cause of the country’s economic collapse.

Mugabe has repressed political opposition since becoming leader of the country, launching a suppression campaign known as the “Gukurahundi”, which targeted the opposition and reportedly killed over 20,000 civilians.

On November 15th, Zimbabwe’s military put Mugabe under house arrest and seized the headquarters of the state broadcaster Zimbabwe Broadcasting Corporation (ZBC) and blocked off access to government offices in Harare, Zimbabwe’s capital. The military said it was seeking to target criminals around Mugabe who were leading the party astray and denied that the army was carrying out a coup against Mugabe’s government.

The Zimbabwe African National Union- Patriotic Front (ZANU-PF) party replaced Mnangagwa as the new leader of the ruling party on November 19th. The party also told Mugabe that he had until midday Monday to resign or face impeachment.

On November 6th, President Mugabe fired Vice President Emmerson Mnangagwa for supposedly showing traits of disloyalty. Mnangagwa was expected to replace the ailing Mugabe as Zimbabwe’s next president but his removal cleared the way for First Lady Grace Mugabe to succeed as the next president.

The army chief denounced the dismissal of VP Mnangagwa, who was viewed an ally of the army, and a day later on November 14th, military vehicles were seen on the outskirts of Harare.

ZANU-PF has been the ruling party in Zimbabwe since independence in 1980. Mugabe has been the leader of the party first as Prime Minister with the Zimbabwe African National Union (ZANU) and then as President from 1988 after the merger with the Zimbabwe African People’s Union (ZAPU), retaining the name ZANU–PF.

During a televised address on November 19th, many believed that Mugabe was going to resign but instead he pledged to preside over the congress scheduled in December. With Mugabe’s refusal to resign he missed the deadline put in place by ZANU-PF and this led the party to begin the plans to launch the impeachment process in parliament.

Some ZANU-PF party leaders not only wanted to change its leadership but also wants to change the constitution to reduce the power of the president, a possible sign of a desire to move towards a more inclusive political system.

For years, the U.S. has taken a leading role in condemning Mugabe’s government and its increasing assault on human rights and the rule of law, and has called for establishing democratic practices. The U.S. implemented sanctions in 2001 that targeted selected individuals. These were financial sanctions against certain individuals and entities, travel sanctions against selected individuals, a ban on transfers of defense items and services, and a suspension of non-humanitarian government assistance.

After Mugabe’s resignation, the U.S. has called for leaders to move the country towards a transition that will create a political space for the country’s opposition and its people to determine the future of Zimbabwe. The U.S. has said that in order for sanctions to be lifted, Zimbabwe needs to respect legal due process and human rights, and give the opposition a genuine opportunity to form a government.

While it wasn’t widely publicized, China played a significant role in ousting Mugabe, unlike the U.S. Prior to the military takeover, countries including the U.S. and China were informed of the military plan. China reportedly provided its tacit approval and assured that China wouldn’t stop its assistance to Zimbabwe if Mugabe was deposed, under the condition that its strategic interests in the country would not compromised. The U.S. on the other hand, played no role in the plan.

China and Zimbabwe have had a close relationship under Mugabe’s rule, but in recent years, China was unhappy with Mugabe’s mismanagement of Zimbabwe’s economy which was harming Chinese investments. It is believed that China favors Mnangagwa. China is a key supplier of weaponry to Zimbabwe’s military and has two companies with major interests in the Marange diamond fields in Zimbabwe’s east. Mugabe revoked the Chinese licenses in 2016, in a move to nationalize Zimbabwe’s diamond mines, which further alienated the Chinese.

With China’s involvement in the resignation of Mugabe, it is likely that Zimbabwe will continue to look to China for political and economic assistance as it has since the 1990s, rather than the U.S.

It is questionable whether a Mnangagwa presidency would prove a change from the Mugabe era, given their similar history of violence. Mnangagwa served as state security chief during the Gukurahundi massacres that helped to consolidate Mugabe’s power, so it is uncertain if Mnangagwa would lead change in Zimbabwe on the human rights and democracy promotion front.

Celebration broke out in the streets of Harare after the resignation of Mugabe but it is unclear whether Mnangagwa will be accepted as the successor of Mugabe in the 2018 elections.

U.S. Naval Strength Diminishing

With Seth Cropsey

SETH CROPSEY, Senior Fellow and Director of the Hudson Institute’s Center for American Seapower, Deputy Undersecretary of the Navy in Reagan and Bush Administrations, Former principal deputy assistant Secretary of Defense for Special Operations and Low-Intensity Conflict, Author of “Seablindness: How Political Neglect is Choking American Seapower and What to do About It (August 2017)”:

  • Why U.S. Naval power and superiority is essential to our national security
  • Beijing’s true motives regarding South China Sea

(PART TWO):

  • Implications of Chinese coastal navy expansion
  • The current state of strategic competition between U.S. and Beijing
  • Implications of our adversaries building up their naval fleets

(PART THREE):

  • Why we must double naval budget to sustain our fleets
  • When can defense industrial base turn out a capable fleet?
  • How our ship-building industrial base has contracted over the past 20 years

(PART FOUR):

  • Why the submarine is the ultimate stealth weapon
  • The importance of having missile defenses at sea

Counterfeit Operations, Iran and North Korea

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By: Denise Simon | Founders Code

It is a global business and a nasty one.

U.S. officials have long accused Iran of supplying arms to rebel Houthi forces battling for control of Yemen. But Monday’s sanctions help highlight the scope of what Western officials commonly describe as the IRGC’s far-reaching and malign activities.

“Iran itself, together with its proxy, Lebanese Hezbollah, is knee-deep and has been knee-deep in the counterfeit business for quite some time,” said Matthew Levitt with the Washington Institute for Near East Policy. “Exposing this is kind of a two-for one, both exposing the organization’s terrorist activity and also exposing the nature of the criminal activity that it engages in.” More here.

Treasury Designates Large-Scale IRGC-QF Counterfeiting Ring

11/20/2017

Iranian Network Prints Counterfeit Yemeni Bank Notes for IRGC-Qods Force

WASHINGTON – Today, the U.S. Department of the Treasury’s Office of Foreign Assets Control (OFAC) designated a network of individuals and entities involved in a large-scale scheme to help Iran’s Islamic Revolutionary Guard Corps-Qods Force (IRGC-QF) counterfeit currency to support its destabilizing activities.  This network employed deceptive measures to circumvent European export control restrictions and procured advanced equipment and materials to print counterfeit Yemeni bank notes potentially worth hundreds of millions of dollars for the IRGC-QF.  The IRGC-QF was designated pursuant to the global terrorism Executive Order (E.O.) 13224.

“This scheme exposes the deep levels of deception the IRGC-Qods Force is willing to employ against companies in Europe, governments in the Gulf, and the rest of the world to support its destabilizing activities.  Counterfeiting strikes at the heart of the international financial system, and the fact that elements of the government of Iran are involved in this behavior is completely unacceptable,” said Treasury Secretary Steven Mnuchin.  “This counterfeiting scheme exposes the serious risks faced by anyone doing business with Iran, as the IRGC continues to obscure its involvement in Iran’s economy and hide behind the façade of legitimate businesses to perpetrate its nefarious objectives.”

Reza Heidari and Pardazesh Tasvir Rayan Co.

Reza Heidari (Heidari) is being designated today for having acted for or on behalf of the IRGC-QF and having assisted in, sponsored, or provided financial, material, or technological support for, or financial or other services to or in support of, the IRGC-QF.

Pardavesh Tasvir Rayan Co. (Rayan Printing) is being designated today for being controlled by Heidari; for having acted for or on behalf of the IRGC-QF; having assisted, sponsored, or provided financial, material, or technological support for, or financial or other services to or in support of, the IRGC-QF; and being owned by Tejarat Almas Mobin Holding, another Iranian company also being designated today.

Heidari played a key role in procuring secure printing equipment and materials for the IRGC-QF in support of the group’s currency counterfeiting scheme.  Heidari served as the managing director of Iran-based Rayan Printing, a company involved in printing counterfeit Yemeni rial bank notes potentially worth hundreds of millions of dollars for the IRGC-QF, as of late 2016.  Heidari used front companies to obfuscate the actual end user and facilitate deceptive transactions when dealing with European suppliers of secure printing equipment and materials.

ForEnt Technik and Printing Trade Center

ForEnt Technik GmbH is being designated today for being owned or controlled by Heidari, while Printing Trade Center GmbH (PTC) is being designated for having acted for or on behalf of, and assisted in, sponsored, or provided financial, material, or technological support for, or financial or other services to or in support of, Heidari.

Heidari used German-based ForEnt Technik GmbH and PTC as front companies to deceive European suppliers, circumvent export restrictions, and acquire advanced printing machinery, security printing machinery, and raw materials in support of the IRGC-QF’s counterfeit currency capabilities.  These raw materials included watermarked paper and specialty inks from European suppliers.  Heidari is the Managing Director and sole shareholder of ForEnt Technik Gmbh.

Mahmoud Seif and Tejarat Almas Mobin

Mahmoud Seif is being designated today for having assisted, sponsored, or provided financial, material, or technological support for, or other services to or in support of, the IRGC-QF.  Tejarat Almas Mobin Holding is being designated today for being controlled by Seif.

Seif is the managing director of Tejarat Almas Mobin, the parent company of Rayan Printing.  Heidari and Seif coordinated on the procurement of raw supplies and equipment that enabled the IRGC-QF counterfeiting capabilities.  Seif was involved with the logistics of importing materials for the counterfeiting project into Iran.  Additionally, Seif has previously been involved in the procurement of weapons for the IRGC-QF.

For identifying information on the individuals and entities listed today, click here: https://www.treasury.gov/resource-center/sanctions/OFAC-Enforcement/Pages/20171120.aspx

*** So, did Iran teach North Korea to counterfeit or was it the other way around? North Korea has been counterfeiting and participating in illicit activities going back decades. North Korea is not especially fretful over the newly applied sanctions or being listed again as a terror state by President Trump. While it should be done, the regime has proven methods to finesse the system.


Ri Jong Ho had simply had enough. He’d seen too many executions.

Ri, a high-profile North Korean defector, spent years working for what is essentially a slush fund for one of the most notorious regimes on the planet, Kim Jong Un and his compatriots.

Life was good. Ri helped bring in somewhere between $50 million and $100 million for North Korean elites, and was handsomely rewarded with luxuries most North Koreans couldn’t dream of in years past: a car, a color TV and some extra cash on the side, once rarities in the communist state but more commonplace now in the capital, Pyongyang.

But he watched the regime kill his peers and their families, even children.

“It was not just high level officers, officials, but their families, their children (and) their followers,” Ri told CNN in his first interview to a major US broadcast network. “It was not just once or twice a year — it was ongoing throughout the year, thousands of people being executed or purged.”

Ri said the final straw came in late 2013, when Kim Jong Un executed his own uncle, Jang Song Thaek, with an anti-aircraft gun.

“It was a cruel and crude method of execution,” he said. “After all these years living in the socialist system, I never witnessed anything like that.”

Ri was living in China at the time, and in 2014 was able to safely defect with his family.

And just like that, Kim lost one of his top money makers.

Office 39

Ri said he worked for decades in what’s known as “Office 39.”

The office is in charge of bringing in hard currency for the regime. Ri calls it a “slush fund for the leader and the leadership.”
Ri told CNN “Office 39” is not engaged in illicit activities, but the US Treasury Department says otherwise.

The US government accused the office of engaging in “illicit economic activities” to support the North Korean government. It has branches throughout the nation that raise and manage funds and is responsible for earning foreign currency for North Korea’s Korean Workers’ Party senior leadership through illicit activities such as narcotics trafficking.

North Korea has been accused of crimes like hacking banks, counterfeiting currency, dealing drugs and even trafficking endangered species.

Workers who help bring in cash for the regime are granted access to the outside world — especially China — in order to establish networks that are crucial to making money, analysts say. They often have diplomatic privileges that allow them to evade their host country’s domestic laws, experts say.

Ri said he was not involved in illegal activities and that they were not under the purview of Office 39, but did not deny they occurred. He said much of North Korea’s hard cash is earned through exporting labor — the country sends workers across the globe and collects much of their pay, according to the UN — and exporting natural resources like coal, which China used to buy but has since stopped.

Illicit activities make a lot of money, though. The Congressional Research Service estimated in 2008 that North Korea could earn anywhere from $500 million to $1 billion from these types of illicit activities.

That money helps fund the lavish lifestyles of the North Korean elites while sanctions limit the country’s ability to make money. That keeps North Korea’s leadership happy and helps Kim prevent coup attempts, analysts say.

“They (North Korean leaders) are focused on maintaining their ruling power, and they are working on making this dynasty-like system lasting for a long time,” Ri said. “So instead of focusing on their economic development or better life, they are more focused on maintaining their system.

Some of Office 39’s profits also go to the country’s nuclear and missile programs, which crossed an important threshold this month with the testing of two intercontinental ballistic missiles, weapons that experts say likely put the United States homeland in North Korea’s range.

CNN reached out to the North Korean mission at the United Nations for a response to the interview with Ri. An official at the mission said Ri was lying to “make money and save his own life.”

‘Hundreds of fishing boats’

Analysts say Office 39 is likely now in the cross hairs of US President Donald Trump’s administration.

The Trump team has made it clear that one of the ways it plans to deal with North Korea is to squeeze its revenue streams across the globe in order to pressure them into negotiations over their weapons programs.

Who speaks for the United States on North Korea? Contradictions emerge

Ri is not sure if the tactic will work, as he says it’s easy to side-step sanctions and believes the international community has made strategic mistakes that could come back to bite them.

North Korean companies can just change their names once sanctioned, he says. North Korean leaders don’t keep much money abroad, so the sanctions against them are pointless, according to Ri. Smugglers are difficult to catch.

“Smuggling is conducted by any and every means you could imagine. Mostly larger items are done using ships, for example by filing a cargo list … where what’s written on the (list) is different from what is really being shipped,” he said. “On the open sea, the Yellow Sea, there are hundreds of fishing boats — both from China and North Korea — and all the smuggling is done by these so-called fishing boats.

Going after China

Ri believes that secondary sanctions — targeting those who do business with North Korea, like the United States did to China’s Bank of Dandong in June — is the way to go, especially in China.

Beijing accounts for about 85% of North Korean imports in 2015, according to UN data, though Ri revealed that Pyongyang does import some oil from Russia.

North Korean economist Ri Gi Song told CNN in February that China accounts for 70% of trade and that trade with Russia is increasing. More here from CNN.

What the Uranium One Documents Reveal

Our Operations Uranium One is engaged through its subsidiaries and joint ventures in uranium production, and in the exploration and development of uranium properties, in Kazakhstan, the United States, Tanzania and elsewhere. Uranium One is focused on low cost and low technical risk operations, with existing, near and medium-term production visibility in some of the […]

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Counterfeit Operations, Iran and North Korea

photo It is a globally business and a nasty one. U.S. officials have long accused Iran of supplying arms to rebel Houthi forces battling for control of Yemen. But Monday’s sanctions help highlight the scope of what Western officials commonly describe as the IRGC’s far-reaching and malign activities. “Iran itself, together with its proxy, Lebanese […]

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A Judge Must Not Enable Sexual Abuse

Revelations of sexual abuse are taking down powerful politicians, journalists, celebrities and others every day.

It would be bizarre, and a serious miscarriage of justice, if a federal judge were to make it easier for perpetrators to get away with sexual abuse.

District Judge Bernard Friedman is being asked to do just that today by individuals charged with mutilating the genitals of little girls in Michigan.  The alleged mutilators claim they didn’t get sexual gratification from their actions, so the charge of sexual abuse should be dropped.

If the judge agrees, effectively rewriting the law, victims may have to prove that their abusers got sexual gratification out of their conduct.  What if it was just a power-trip or a social pathology, but not orgasmic?

Urge Judge Friedman not to enable sexual abuse.  Call him at (313) 234-5170. That’s (313) 234-5170.

Sexual Harassment: Hollywood, Media, Government

Well, Al Franken has another accuser then we have Charlie Rose and now John Conyers…sheesh this redefines draining the swamp. When will the Washington Post or CNN advance the Senator Menendez case? The young woman wrote that she was recruited as an escort from an adult escort service called the Doll Palace, and that the […]

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Tillerson: Child Soldiers Conscription Violations

photo The United Nations has a list of shame, fine but it is merely a list and a gesture. Child soldiers are children (under 18) who are used for military purposes. Some child soldiers are used for fighting – they’re forced to take part in wars and conflicts, forced to kill, and commit other acts […]

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Obama’s Plan For A One-Party Socialist State

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By: Cliff Kincaid | America’s Survival

Trevor Loudon analyzes the massive Republican defeat in Virginia on November 7, 2017, in the context of Barack Obama’s return to Marxist power politics and the “Brown is the New White” strategy of taking total control in the United States. The views of Trevor Loudon do not represent those of America’s Survival, Inc. and are presented for purposes of news and information.

Down with Vichy Republican Collaborators! – Part IV of IV

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Down with Vichy Republican Collaborators – Part I

HONNEUR et PATRIE (Honor and Country)

Down with Vichy Republican Collaborators!

Vive la Republican Résistance!

The French Resistance, facing the overwhelming military might of the Wehrmacht, but confident in the righteousness of its cause, did not take the “pragmatic” approach of appeasement, much less collaboration, but instead continued the fight. This set them apart from their fellow French who collaborated with the Nazis – the Vichy. The “pragmatic” arguments made by the Vichy are today echoed by “big tent” “Republicans” – “Well, everything’s going the Nazis’ way, so we need to be practical. And we Vichy are the lesser of two evils.”

When ultimate victory is uncertain, even unlikely, isn’t it still preferable to go down fighting in the cause of righteousness than to submit to subservience and to Collectivism? Progressivism begins as soft tyranny – are we not better off to fight now rather than listen to the “pragmatic” moderates who want to bow and make peace with subservience? Can we, facing a “Wermacht” of politicians, academics, airhead media talking heads and “community organizers” do no less than be the political equivalent of the French Resistance? Are not the courage and fealty to righteousness that they displayed characteristics also shared by true Americans? If the French Resistance would take on the Wehrmacht and the Gestapo, are we to shrink from taking on the Democrat Party and an Ostapo of the likes of Barack Hussein Obama, Bill Ayers, ACORN, media and entertainment airheads, ivory tower academics, Nancy Pelosi and Chuck Schumer?

Our cause is righteous and, like the French Resistance, we have allies too: Western civilization; the divinely-inspired Declaration of Independence and Constitution of the United States; the sometimes hibernating but (as the post-911 reaction showed) still vibrant spirit of patriotism among a large swath of our fellow citizens … and plain old “common sense” that Progressivism has not yet totally snuffed out. We must be unapologetic Conservatives proudly enunciating our continued fidelity to our Judeo-Christian heritage and the timeless gifts bequeathed to us by the Founding Fathers.

There are some who believe that time, and demographics, and a losing (if not lost) cultural war mean that we must “moderate” the GOP in order to “appeal” to the middle. This is the voice of career politicians, reflexively loathe to take firm stands on anything, as their rubber-spine sense of survival means that they gravitate not toward leadership but its opposite – pandering to every possible voter by gyrating to offend none. This is the way of Vichy Republicans.

But by succumbing to the Democrat efforts to play on the “ethnicity” field they (and we) have allowed the Democrats to choose the field of battle. When accurately and articulately communicated, Conservatism transcends demographics and ethnicity (that is why Democrats avoid debating their ideas “on the merits”). Conservatism as a political philosophy is universal and superior, offering all, no matter their ethnicity or demographics, the promise of the dignity (but also responsibility) of individual liberty, and a better life for themselves and their children. For human beings, no matter their background, this trumps the Collectivist-Progressive-Democrat model of subservience, the indignity of dependency and perpetually declining standards of living. To beat the Democrats at their divide and conquer ethnicity game, we need merely have the courage of our convictions, and then to articulate them.

We should not dilute our core values, much less abandon them, by supporting “moderates” because we have “no other alternative” or that they are “the lesser of two evils.” The Progressive Pooh-Bahs of the GOP count on our continued participation in this scam. The Republican Party is the one political hope to oppose Progressivism, but can and will only do so once we purge the party of the Vichy within it. It is not disloyal to the GOP to refrain from supporting those who are disloyal to Conservative principles, for Conservative principles are Republican principles. The “moderates” are the ones who are the disloyal Republicans. Given the modern, radical Democrat Party, disloyalty to those who would appease or collaborate with it is actually an act of loyalty to the United States of America.

One suspects that the French Resistance took any number of Vichy around the back of buildings and gave them the same treatment they gave Nazi soldiers, notwithstanding the fact that the Vichy were fellow Frenchmen. We should perform the electoral equivalent to “Republican” collaborators with the radical Progressive-Democrat agenda. This is a war of ideologies, and the Establishment Republicans – the Vichy Republicans – are the equivalent of infiltrators; they’ve put on our uniform, but they’re actually fighting for the other side.

You can bet that these guys knew what to do with traitorous Vichy collaborators! Will we rise up to give the electoral equivalent to Vichy Republicans?

As of this writing (2015), the last genuinely Conservative Presidential nominee fielded by the GOP was Ronald Reagan in 1984. Thirty years subsequent experience of voting “moderate” “lesser of two evils” has produced, in the end, a massively larger federal government, socialized medicine (a/k/a Obamacare), Medicare Part D and regulatory intrusiveness befitting a totalitarian state.

Presently we have a Democrat Party that represents K Street, Wall Street and Welfare Street, and a Republican Party that represents K Street and Wall Street. We must restore the Republican Party to its rightful place: representing Main Street, i.e., the middle class, free-market (not crony) Capitalism and true to the oath of office: upholding and defending the Constitution of the United States of America – from enemies foreign and domestic.

For centuries our fellow citizens have put on the uniform, sworn to uphold and defend the Constitution of the United States of America, and many have come home wounded, or as a corpse. Compared to that bravery and sacrifice, as we confront a danger internal by enemies domestic, shall we shrink from confronting the aggressors on the political battlefield? Shall we hold our tongues? If we do, then not only do we grievously dishonor those who went before us, but don’t we also deserve to lose our country – this incalculable gift that was bequeathed us by our divinely inspired Founding Fathers?

We are on the cusp of that loss, and so must seek quick victory, if possible, to restore America. But, if quick victory is not possible, then we must at least halt their march to total Collectivism, and then incrementally begin eroding what they’ve erected – just as the Progressives have been doing to our country for over 100 years now, but in reverse. That is, restoring The United States of America.

Down with the Vichy Republican collaborators! Vive la Republican Résistance!

(Coming soon, a proposal for how to un-elect Vichy Republicans: The Seventy Percent Solution.)

A Wide Look at North Korea’s WMD Operations

photo Primer: South Korean surgeons operating on a North Korean defector who escaped across the Demilitarized Zone between the two countries under a hail of gunfire on Nov. 13 have found a parasite in the man’s stomach unlike any other they had seen. The defector, who was shot five times, remained in critical condition after hours in […]

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Is President Trump Today’s Governor George Wallace?

President Trump captured enough electoral votes for the win. A glance back in recent history tells this story. While Hillary Clinton blames everyone but herself, you have to understand, her arrogance led her to believe she was above history repeating itself. So if I may, cheer up Hillary, it was never your time.

Like Wallace, Trump actually has a heart for the African American race and the poor. However, when you seek both money and power, and most importantly power, in this country, the blacks and the poor do not hold a special place in that same heart. The reasons President Trump does not condemn the KKK and Putin are quite obvious, they are the same reasons former Judge Wallace differed from then Governor Wallace, he has made a deal with the devil.

I know many believe I am a huge President Trump supporter because I defend many of his actions on social media. I have my reasons. The main reason is simply due to his bravery to fight the status quo. There are many events in US history that outlines a brotherhood between the police, secret service, CIA, FBI, government officials, and the mob. Assassinations all connected leading to a “lone wolf” and the average American will never be privy to the truth. Events both now and in the past that have been orchestrated purposely so that we the people cry out for more law and order. It is my belief the Vegas Shooter is baffling our federal agents because for once they truly had no idea he existed.

President Trump knew with the protests and the Black Lives Matter movement front and center he could sway those that did not like the feeling of division, and also those that did not like the thought of a black person being equal or superior. His strategy was simple, yet at a time when it could be most effective due to the state of our country. I know it is hard for many liberals to grasp that not all Trump supporters are racist, one day they may understand he also has the support for those wanting domestic peace and less government.

At the start of President Trump’s campaign, I bet he truly believed he could be the one to “drain the swamp”. To do that you would literally have to dismantle every branch of the government at the same time all while changing policies to limit the government in every aspect. Many insert he is changing every policy former President Obama has put in place to undo what a black man has accomplished. Yet, if you look closely, he is changing policies that limit government and those that are pulling strings behind the scenes. Am I the only one wondering why President Obama felt the need to break bread with Cuba?

Democrat and republican leaders all seek money and power. The problem I have with the democratic party is they will obtain both money and power by any means necessary. In history, some conspiracy theories have substantial evidence to where if you connect the dots, you can see not only sabotage of a party mate, but murder for a chance at the top spot has occurred. As we saw in the past election, the DNC and Hillary Clinton went out of their way to ensure the loss of Bernie Sanders. I say out of their way because I believe he didn’t have what it took to beat Clinton regardless, but apparently she scares easily.

I have a theory of my own. I believe President Trump will get back to his roots after the pot is stirred to a boiling point and he is in his second term. Like Wallace he will continue to court a specific group. “Segregation today, segregation tomorrow, segregation forever” is Trump’s “Make America Great Again”. Skirting the media by breaking his own news on Twitter will continue to anger many news networks, that will continue the attacks on him and keep him front and center. Tweeting about the NFL and every black protest will seem as if he is against the rise of a black man and will keep his racist voters satisfied, but he will flip the script angering those voters once re-elected. Similar to when Governor George Wallace had to pretend to oppose of integration at Alabama University. Maintaining his stance on immigration and tax reform will create a soft spot for the working class. And of course, for his wealthy friends, well he has to think of something quick. Congress dropping the ball on healthcare was a bad a look.

Was President Trump up against a modern day John Patterson? No, but people were afraid and angry, and tapping into that sealed the deal. I also have a few suggestions, dump Omarosa for former Lieutenant Governor Michael Steele, get Ivanka out of official business, and hand a yuge project to Melania.

Mark my words, President Trump will serve two terms.

Ron Boat asks…What makes America work?

THINK ABOUT IT AMERICA – What makes it work? People! The good people who work, who contribute and commit, step up and help others. People who give of their time and money for charities, helping others they don’t even know, selfishly participating in others’ lives. In the case of first responders actually placing their lives in danger for the benefit and well being of their fellow citizens.

This week saw the repulsive antithesis of good – evil. The true and real  personification of what can go wrong when people put themselves above others. The total, ultimate and final resolution of personal hate and disdain for society, it’s rules, laws, and yes its participants. What causes – what forces someone to plan out an attack, living with ingrained hatred for days or weeks wanting to do one thing…. kill people they don’t even know. If we knew that we could probably solve crime in America.

We can make an excuse for those who kill out of rage or revenge, who take a life in defense or retribution but to wantonly take lives of people doing nothing more than enjoying their lives, their freedoms, their love of life is without reason or sanity. We find no solace in half truths, explanations of one’s anathema for humanity because in most cases there is no acceptable, reasonable reason for reactions so destructive. To harm those who don’t know, who have done you no wrong, who are not in your life in any way other than to breathe the same air of freedom and opportunity is wordless in its description.

The balance of this lunacy are the lines of people who stood for 6-8 hours to give their life’s blood for those they simply heard needed their help, their  support, their élan vital of life, giving subsistence to those who need it more. People who answered the call with no knowledge of the needy other than… they have a need. People who give their time and blood without benefit of reward other than that personal satisfaction and smile that lingers for days or weeks when remembering “they were there to help their fellow man,” they were part of the anonymous army that cared, that responded, that gave and saved.

It’s been said many times and by many means that no man is an island. The people killed did not live under a vacuousness veil of society anonymity. Their lives touched many people; they had families, friends, coworkers, they were contributors to the collective whole of America. Their passing leaves a potential for greater loss given their future beneficence to us all.  The only small flickering ray of rank reality was the cowardice of the gunman – who shall go unnamed here –  for taking his own desperate life saving taxpayers millions in trials, treatments and useless attempts at reform and rehabilitation – for there is none for such unspeakable heinousness.

The only shortcoming of this result is the lack of reason for the families of victims – the truth behind the turmoil that might offer some comfort and contentment, some final closure and cessation of the pains of life, if even for a moment of personal relief. But in the end… there may be no reason other than a selfish, self-serving act, a delirious desire for dominance on the world stage if only for the time it takes to forget such malevolent motion of murderousness inhumanity.

God bless the innocent victims, their families, their community and God bless America as we deal with the evil in our midst.

 

RB

Ron Boat needs to be muzzled and put in a cage

At times that’s what many people think when I express my views and reveal my rants on current affairs, social and political misfires. I can’t stand idiocy, lunacy, stupidity or haranguing diatribe from either side of the political sewer.

As a basis…. I’m older than a half century, started and have run my own business for 46 years, am a proud US Army veteran and graduate of special schooling at the US Naval Academy. Have been a survivor in life making my own way with creativity and hard work having not been born into money or taking anything from society.

When asked about being either an “R” or a “D” I usually reply, “I’m an American and I want the best for this country wherever the ideas come from.”

I believe what’s true is true, and the pig with lipstick is still… well you know. And teaching that pig to sing… still doesn’t work. I believe in personal responsibility. If I can do it almost anyone can and I’m an equal opportunity believer…. Your race or religion, your personal sexual persuasions, your background or environment shouldn’t be the excuse for your failures.

Too many people from the wrong side of the river, with physical handicaps or lack of monetary foundations have been overwhelmingly successful in life. (I’m still working on mine) 🙂  And God bless their contributions to our society and the world.

But the thing that really pulls my chain, that influences people to want me committed, is the direction of the country. The lack of respect on the part of young people – a DIRECT result of poor parenting (or none) and the social acceptance promoted by our socialist/fascist leaders.

The lack of education being taught, or applied, that leads people to wonder through their day disrupting the lives of normal hard working people with their pedantic, pretentious displays of moral outrage at the reality of life. The botched belief they should condemn and control others with vicious, vituperative, vehement violence for the sake of pushing socialistic agendas NOT in the best interest of this free and capitalistic country.

The misconception that some lives matter more than others, or  are dismissed by those of a different color without regard to any real truths. The free wheeling feeling that destruction of private and TAXPAYER supported property is an acceptable target or that others’ personal lives don’t matter as much as their personal volumes of verbosity express. There’s a war being waged against freedom and this country needs to heed the wake up call of patriotism and reason to combat the forces of evil which are prevalent, yea already prevailing in the perseverant  persona of personal promotion.

Freedom of speech? ABSOLUTELY. Freedom of  chaos and revolution? UNACCEPTABLE. Face it, anarchy is the method and goal of these Soros funded, Obama approved and trained messengers of misrule. They hate America, they hate its people, and they hate the success some have achieved and who will be accused of denying others of their rights and entitlements. For them, America is the reason the world is “unequal” and “unjust” and it’s their personal pilgrimage and primary pursuit that drives them to consume and crush cultures.

They don’t care about your right to survive, grow, produce and enjoy the fruits of your own labors. They want you to curtail your profits and not sell Pumpkin Spice lattes if you’re in a Trump building. They want you to “share the wealth” with those less fortunate (code word for lazy) while their citadels of abundance like Facebook and Google continue to overflow with the funds from the working class they despise.

The concept or name of your sports team is probably racist. And you’re certainly a racist if you oppose a religion that wants to kill you or speak out against the illegal ignoring the rule of law, sneaking across our borders and wanting your job or wasting public funds with free this and that while flipping the finger of foulness at you for your lack of compassion and caring. Yea… let me get out my checkbook and take care of those unfortunates.

Schools want to kick you out if you wear an American flag t-shirt yet encourage, or order police to stand down while roaming hoards of paid, mask wearing, rock throwing, organized anarchists disrupt public gatherings and burn public buildings. Certain governmental “occupiers” want to diminish your personal religious beliefs and rights, using them as excuses for deleting you from positions and public acceptance.

The education system is setting us up to fail in future generations with social acceptance of idiotic social sideshows of leftist, radical teachers.

Cities, under the leadership of left leaning progressives, allow and participate in the dramatic and damaging dissolution of our country’s history. The defacing and tearing down of statutes of figures who, according to them, had no place in our country or our history. Countries, leaders, standards and behaviors evolve and define over time yet to use their presence as an excuse to destroy should be objectionable and repugnant, yet many communities allow their leaders to ignore, acquiesce or promote such.

Six times this year (180 days) I’ve been banned from Facebook for expressing personal, non-violent views against certain leaders, groups, cults/religions that want to bring down our country, even destroy our way of life. All while others are openly allowed to promote violence, hateful, anti-American rhetoric and views contrary to a reasonable discourse for growing our society. Ever heard about that Muslim group or mass murderer who was posting on Facebook just before his abhorrent act of violence? Who was watching and banning him? And in FB’s incapacity to use common sense and intelligence, the posts they ban me for are from a year or more in the past. NO acceptance of the fact someone might have “learned to confirm” and improve their posts… they just want me gone from communicating with like-minded conservatives my proclivity for passionate points of  patriotism.

Yes, maybe there are times I should be caged but muzzled? I still think non-violent speech is allowed and acceptable even when I disagree. But don’t think me a combative opposing fool when trying to pull blankets of idiocy over me all while beating me with your club of acceptable and understanding.

Was Trump to be the savior of this country we’ve been wanting for 4, 8, 16, 20+ years? He’s no self proclaimed Messiah, but is trying his best non-political ways of dealing with the hand he was left with at the table of leadership. Take a deep breathe and imagine the chaos and calamity had he lost this important turning point election. If this country grows and succeeds – so does he in the long run. If the traitors on the left and the Trump haters, detractors and dissenters have their way… we all suffer and we could be looking at  irreversible  deterioration of the best country ever to inhabit this planet.

It’s been said that:

The decline from democracy to tyranny is both a natural and inevitable one. It’s a fact, nonetheless.

In every case, a democracy will deteriorate as the result of the electorate accepting the loss of freedom in trade for largess from their government. This process may be fascism, socialism, communism, or a basket of “isms,” but tyranny is the inevitable endgame of democracy. 

And while America is not a democracy, the same can be said for a republic founded on the principles of freedom and God given rights, operating under the rule of law.

I believe our founders were some of the most brilliant men ever to conceive a country. They came from the tyranny of governmental controls that confined its people and restrained their spirit. They knew what would make and keep this new bastion of freedom free and growing, centuries after their parting. As I’ve written before, their beliefs played a dominant part in our founding and it’s our charge to continue their dreams, to fight for their vision of this republic and its people.

OK, cage me, but I’ll never relinquish my attempt to express my views and love of this country. I’ll never give up hope that we can reverse the efforts of satanic and anarchist deviants that wish to destroy. I won’t acquiesce my oath to the military and the country for its protection and betterment.

Whatever your race, religion, status in life, political party, personal beliefs or opinions, I trust you’ll do your part as so many others have, and do what you can to #MAGA in one way or another.

 

RB

 

 

Colin Kaepernick Signing an NFL Contract Nullifies His Stance

“Runaway Slave Patrol”, according to unsigned Colin Kaepernick, is the perfect description of today’s police force. I wonder how he describes the NFL draft? You know, when rich white men evaluate mostly black men for their strength and physical ability. Choosing the best based on their performance in the field. Owners branding men immediately with a hat displaying their trademarked logo. Wait a minute….

What do we know for sure?

Kaepernick took a knee during the National Anthem as a stance against police brutality and the oppression of black people. Many on social media, not to be confused with the actual population within the United States, believe he is now being blackballed for his silent protest. Let us keep in mind this may actually be true. However, it is an owner’s right not to sign anyone they do not want to represent their brand. Ask Terrell Owens and Allen Iverson. So if everyone is exercising their rights, what is the problem? To some, a team exercising their right isn’t right because Kaepernick’s right is for social injustice and that right should precede any other right. I hope I got that right.

Unfortunately, the outrage that Colin Kaepernick is unsigned doesn’t actually align with his stance. For one, the amount of police surrounding the players in order to ensure their safety has got to make Kaepernick uncomfortable. Why would his supporters want him around that many officers? The NFL Association is a union established to protect players, their rights, and image. Why didn’t the union defend Colin’s first amendment right to kneel? Signing a contract is hardly freedom, the NFL has a long history of oppressing players, that was figured out in 1956 when the union was established. Think about it, Kaepernick fans begging for his NFL paycheck basically says he depends on a system which he decided to publically resist. Taking a job in the national league, that honors the National Anthem, goes against his personal views. Might I add, he opted out of his contract, he wasn’t kicked to the curb.

I will say I support his campaign for citizens to be familiar with the law, and understanding their rights. I will also say he and his girlfriend look related, but that is none of my business. At the end of the day, Kaepernick may receive an offer he and his agent can agree to accept. If Manziel gets a shot to coach college ball, anything is possible.

Ron Boat exposes the expanding “Facts of Corruption”…Again

For the longest time, the collective liberal legions thought and expected that democrats were just “helping the poor”, “aiding the downtrodden”, and “bettering America.” Then instead of a helping hand it grew to give away the store while replacing personal responsibility, then in the last eight years we’ve seen Obama’s true gift to America…. the expanded concept of redistribution of wealth. (as leaked to Joe the plumber) Taking from those who earned it and giving to those who want it but are too lazy to work for it. (*)

But lately we’ve seen the real truth of liberal progressiveness. It’s the takeover of America, the total control of money, power, and even the actions and thoughts of a free citizenry. The complete rule over one’s being and existence.

The accomplishment of this goal is not as originally schemed, through the ballot box, but the subversion of our very government. The twisted misuse of our laws and the well considered intentions of our founding fathers. The destructive, satanic and ritualistic lies and violent disorder of social unrest all meant to distract and pervert our way of life.

The original simplistic strategy and insidious intention was to win and control through the greedy votes of  the electorate, whose minds had been warped by many theories of “you deserve”, “The other guys are taking from you”, and in essence “get you some.” But seeing this was slow and hampered by reason and truth, seeing more and more the em-battlement against them was strong, more sabotage and deceit was required.

Enter lawlessness. No one (of reason) can deny the growth of lies, manipulations, down- right corruption and chaos has entered our governing body. We saw lies and malfeasance about in the Obama years with scandal after scandal perpetrated through abuse of power. The growing, blatant assault on freedom was right there in front for all to see and yet most either ignored, accepted or acquiesced, or some cases justified and supported.

The most perfect, recent and shameless example is the handling of foreign involvement in our governmental rule. The pay-to-play schemes of the Clintons and their traitorous actions giving away portions of America’s uranium to an enemy for cash. The intrusion of religious groups from foreign lands who have no acceptance of our way of life or freedoms, yet worming their way into the fabric of our lives, dictating policies, taking and squandering our monies and minds.

And unless you’ve been under a rock or in a Pakistani cave for the last couple of weeks, the revealed abhorrent behavior of former DNC head Debbie Wasserman Schultz is on full display. Her actions bespeak the underlying corruption of a system gone bad – placing full trust in our leaders hoping they are there to protect us.

To backtrack:

Mr. Imran Awan, 37, began working for House Democrats as an IT staffer in 2004. By the next year, he was working for future Democratic National Committee head Debbie Wasserman Schultz. Over time he would add his wife, two brothers, a brother’s wife and a friend to the payroll—and at handsome sums. One brother, Jamal, hired in 2014 reportedly at age 20, was paid $160,000. That’s in line with what a chief of staff makes—about four times the average Capitol Hill staffer. No Democrat appears to have investigated these huge numbers or been asked to account for them.

According to an analysis by the Daily Caller’s Luke Rosiak,  the family has collected $5 million since 2003 and “appeared at one time or another on an estimated 80 House Democrats’ payrolls.” Yet Mr. Rosiak interviewed House staffers who claim most of the family were “ghost” employees and didn’t come to work. Only in government does nobody notice when staffers fail to show up. [ It’s been noted that some of this clan worked at McDonald’s or a car dealership – Abid Awan, a brother- while collecting huge salaries and one apparently stayed home a lot ]

The family was plenty busy elsewhere. A litany of court documents accuse them of bankruptcy fraud, life-insurance fraud, tax fraud and extortion. Abid Awan, ran up more than $1 million in debts on a failed car dealership he somehow operated while supposedly working full time on the Hill. One document ties the family to a loan from a man stripped of his Maryland medical license after false billing. Capitol Police are investigating allegations of procurement fraud and theft. The brothers filed false financial-disclosure forms, with Imran Awan claiming his wife had no income, even as she worked as a fellow House IT staffer

Most recent FBI affidavit accuses Imran Awan of defrauding the Congressional Federal Credit Union by lying about the use of his rental properties to get a $165,000 home-equity loan—which he immediately wrapped into a $283,000 wire transfer to Pakistan. At one point, (pretending to be his wife on the phone) lied about sending money to Pakistan,for “funeral arrangements.”

This clan of Pakistani thieves and subversives not only had access to our payrolls but to thousands of documents of House Democrats through the multiple servers they could penetrate. Hence, our nation’s secrets at risk – AGAIN. [staffer’s services were “so important” to congressional members, that on March 22, 2016, eight democrat members of the House Permanent Select Committee on Intelligence issued a letter, requesting that their IT staffers be granted access to Top Secret Sensitive Compartmented Information (TS/SCI). Of those that signed the letter were representatives Jackie Speier (CA) and Andre Carson (IN), the second Muslim in Congress, both of whom employed the Awan brothers.]

Enter Ms Schultz continued to shield Imran Awan to the end – even after he had been banned from working for democrats on the hill. Yes, the amounts of money, and the ties to Pakistan, are strange. Yes, it is alarming that emails show Imran Awan knew Ms. Wasserman Schultz’s iPad password, and that the family might have had wider access to the accounts of lawmakers on the House Intelligence and Foreign Affairs committees.

This  IT staffer Imran Awan was arrested at Dulles airport while trying to flee the United States. His wife had already fled leaving behind 2 smashed hard drives in their home which the FBI now has. The Capitol Police retrieved a laptop and other computer equipment from behind cabinets in an abandoned home’s garage.

Schultz fought hard – even threatening Capitol Police – over the return of a laptop. A threat she has yet to explain to those in power asking about her unprofessional and potentially illegal actions. [“The lady doth protest too much, methinks.”]

This is just another dripping chapter in the ongoing saga of corruption, lies, overly deceitful bravado, and subversion which encircle even the DNC’s candidate, HRC. The money flowing to her foundation, the enlarged enormous speaking fees paid to hubby Bill, her own email problems and lies, allowing more access to our enemies with total disregard for our country while flagrantly waving the flag of equality for women, and Russian influences.

The true “definition” of this “D” party is palpable given they are “D-estructive”, “D-eceitful”, “D-fiant”, “D-uplicitous”, “D-ishonest”, “D-ouble Dealing”, “D-eceptive”, “D-isingenous”, “D-elusory”…… well… you get my Dominant Deliberate Disappointing point.

How long will America tolerate this totalitarian test? How long can we survive the slough of socialism, the carnage of communistic creep? How many times will we allow the predominant parlaying of personal promotion and prosperity?

Yes, we have been leaning this way more and more and the facts of fascism have presented themselves and are our own accepted doom without our relentless resistance.

Will the Trump train and a small segment of responsible republicans take the lead in curing our country of this cancerous cause? It’s about time and it seems more and more of our distressed, concerned and aware citizens are starting to see the light….. and they don’t like what they see.

RB

*PS – I believe in social safety nets. But they’re not hammocks.

 

Thanks to Will Shakespeare’s Hamlet (act III, scene II), SPC  and Gateway Pundit for their sources on this

Deray McKesson Paid $165k to Terminate Teachers Due to $130 Million Deficit

Many Baltimore City residents gave Maryland Governor Larry Hogan the side eye for declining to bail out public schools now strapped with a $129 million deficit. As of July 1, $80 million cuts happened for individual schools, teachers and staff. 1,000 teachers and staff were laid off effecting approximately 82,000 students currently enrolled. Larger class sizes and favorite teachers missing will be the new normal for many in the Fall.

Another missing will be self proclaimed civil rights activist Deray Mckesson. He recently announced he will be leaving his position, not to be confused with staff that was let go due to budgeting issues. As the head of human resources, Deray was raking in $165,000 a year. CEO Sonja Santelises praised McKesson’s work exclaiming he showed great attention to detail, and worked late nights on complex staffing and payroll issues. So basically Deray was paid three times his salary to fire teachers in order to offset the budget and, well, payroll.

The CEO’s comments are intriguing, considering you can find Deray Mckesson on Instagram working late nights on furthering his agenda during the school year. February 24, Friday, during business hours, Deray shared a panel with former Attorney General Eric Holder discussing race in Atlanta. April 5, Wednesday he attended an event in New York alongside Yara Shahidi. On December 2, 2016, a Monday, Deray was speaking at the BoFVoices ‘Race, Inequality, and Privilege summit. Next photo shows later that night he was with his “Crew. BOFVoices” he writes. Next day, he was again speaking at the summit, definitely not in his Baltimore office that Tuesday. November 9, Wednesday, a great day in American history if I may add, Deray posted a few photos of himself consoling Cher at the Javtis Center in New York as the votes did not roll in for Hillary Clinton. On September 14, Wednesday, not sure if the CEO recalls seeing him, that evening, he posted a photo hanging out New York at a CBC event? On July 9, 2016, Deray made headlines for being arrested in Baton Rouge while protesting with his group Campaign Zero. He missed work on July 11th, Monday, and his colleagues were unsure if he would be released by Tuesday to attend a Baltimore City Public School meeting to take notes. You get the picture.

While collecting Baltimore City tax dollars, Deray managed to start a podcast, “Save the People”, receive notice via federal lawsuit that he is the one to blame for inciting a riot that resulted in the deaths of three police officers and wounding three more, partied at the Essence Festival the day the new budget cuts were administered, and one of the most offensive, tried to make the male romper a fashion statement. Perhaps Governor Hogan knows just how much fraud and senseless spending is going down in Baltimore City and found no reason to throw more money at the worst school district in the state of Maryland. I can’t help but wonder how much of Deray McKesson’s salary went toward funding political campaigns? If Deray Mckesson is any indication of the waste, CEO Sonja Santelises should be one of the 1,000 let go this summer.

Ron Boat sits with Dennis Michael Lynch – Part 2

Dennis Michael Lynch (or DML as he prefers) is an American businessman, documentary film maker, and conservative political commentator. He often appears as a guest on Fox News, The Kelly File, and The Blaze.

He has captured America’s eye and focused it on such subjects as the growing immigration problem with films such as “THEY COME TO America” parts I, II, and III. He shows the increasingly liberal media and their take on the news with “WE RIDE TO DC,” and, with his upcoming “FIGHTING FOR AMERICA,” looks at our declining life in America and what we should do about it.

In his 2015 film, “POWER GRAB,” He spends time with Dick Morris and looked at  Obama’s remaining time in office and his plans for a one-party political system.

This is the 2nd part of our interview with DML’s responses that show his personal beliefs and motivations for producing the films and books he does. No racism, no rhetoric, just facts and reality as the camera and DML have seen them. Part 1 can be found HERE.

 

Part 2 –

Ron: Your recent successful projects (They Come to America I, II, & III) deal with the overwhelming immigration crisis we face. Not tens, but hundreds of thousands rushing our borders for freedom, opportunity or criminal advantage, take your pick. Either way, is this just one part of Obama’s realization of the Cloward-Piven strategy of causing harm to America by “overwhelming the system?” Will other “overwhelming” actions such as prisoner releases, crushing debt, takeover of the areas such as education and medicine, and suffocating regulatory environmental controls be part of your projects?

DML:  Obama’s fundamental transformation of America leaves a guy like me with no shortage of topics to cover.  Whether it’s a Cloward-Piven strategy he follows, or just his upside-down vision for America that fueled his moves, only he can answer that question.  I just know he’s been very effective at screwing up this country.  He has a full year to create more harm and I think he will.  That said, I could make 100 movies about what he’s done to America, and none of it is good.  As noted, I’m in pre-production on films covering welfare abuse, and another one on the abuse of veterans.  I tend to find myself interested in diving into areas where other people don’t go.  I’m passionate about some topics more than others, and I think my passion will dictate what I do versus don’t do.  Unlike Dinesh D’Souza, I don’t see myself making films about a single person like he did with Obama, and he has another coming out about Hillary.  I could never make a film entirely about one person who I don’t like.  For example, I would never make a film about Hillary — I would despise doing such a film.  I didn’t get into films so I can showcase 90-minutes of beating down on someone even if they deserve it.  I need and want my films to identify a problem, and then offer a solution.  If I can’t offer a solution, I won’t engage the topic.

Ron: For whatever reason, in whatever form, do you fear Obama’s plan, and execution of it, for America, and shouldn’t people be waking up to our real future as never imagined?

DML:  I think Obama’s damage is done, especially when it comes to immigration.  And if Hillary is elected, or if the wrong Republican is elected, I fear we take on the sort of trouble that is irreversible.  And as a father of 4, that scares me to no end.

Ron: You say that your biggest fear was filming the Cliven Bundy Ranch incident with the BLM? Are we seeing the beginnings of a tyrannical, dictatorial gov’t not previously allowed or even imagined in this country of the free?

DML:  I get asked a lot about the Bundy event and why the gov’t did what they did to Cliven.  I don’t have an answer.  I don’t know Cliven, and I didn’t spend much time getting into the back story.  I didn’t do what I did for Cliven or his cattle.  I stood in front of the BLM machine guns because the situation was getting hot and it needed leadership. I didn’t want to see one American die regardless of what side they were  on. That said, I was really scared that people were going to die, including myself — I feared I would get caught in crossfire.  So I stepped up and tried to defuse the situation.  Thankfully everything ended peacefully.  I’ve made a film about that day, it releases on DVD this November.

As for gov’t take-overs, I don’t think agencies like the BLM are trying to control people, etc.  That sort of thinking is a bit over the top in my opinion.  I think the BLM is the poster child for big government gone awry.  It’s a sign of gov’t being out of control.  And if we had a Reagan-like president, I think agencies like the BLM would be done away with.  Then again, I could be wrong — I just don’t know.  But I can tell you without pause that the scene in Nevada was as dangerous as it was preventable.

Ron: Are you meeting your personal goals for reaching, informing, warning, motivating action from citizens, or do you restrict your documentary style so your films are reflective of society and informational, hoping to get people involved?

DML:  I am very frustrated about my films not being in theaters, but I cannot break through the liberal gatekeepers who don’t want my immigration films to see the light of day.  If it was not for FOX NEWS, conservative radio, and NewsmaxTV you wouldn’t know my name.  But sadly those outlets are not enough, that’s why I give away the free DVDs with the purchase of one. People have shared my films over and over again, and because I don’t do the theater thing, I will never have a true idea of how many people have seen the films.  I do know it’s more than 1,000,000, and that’s cool by me, but I’d like it to be 100 million.

Ron: Many of your projects have focused the light on illegal, mainly Hispanic, immigration and yet, should we also be looking at Obama’s “legal” immigration of increasingly disconcerting Muslim populations? Are these the real destructive forces being introduced to America. Are they a part of a bigger Obama plan (or are we paranoid) and do you have any plans for a future look at this increasing problem? isn’t  it a major problem when “They Come to America” bringing Sharia law and archaic customs?

DML:  I am not a racist, nor do I target people by their skin color or nationality.  Anyone who knows me knows I am a big hearted guy who loves all people.  And so when people say my films are anti-Latino it’s just a big fat lie used to deflect the facts regarding who is coming here illegally.  The reason why you see so many Hispanics in my films is because fact is Hispanics are coming through the southern border in droves.   If the Irish and Italian were coming in illegally through Mexico, my films would be flooded with Irish and Italian people.

As for Islam, same principle applies — I don’t put a bullseye on someone for the sake of their religion.  Frankly, I don’t care who you pray to. But I am concerned about Islamic extremism, and I’m also turned off when people blame their religion as the reason why they can’t adapt to American culture.  My response is, “Why live here?” That said, I do cover Islamic extremism in my films, and in They Come to America 3, I do discuss what I witnessed in Michigan.  When I traveled through Dearborn it was like being in another country at times. I’d see one store after the next filled with signs written in Arabic.  Residential streets are filled with hundreds of women wearing full burkas and not one of them would say hello to me.  But the worst was driving through neighborhoods without seeing a single American flag waving from a flagpole or porch.  When that sort of thing happens it’s going to make it into my film.

Ron:  One politically active veteran and civil servant opined that it was delusional for you to consider running for president last year. And yet, don‘t we need passionate, patriotic, intelligent, almost “every day“ people running for local and national offices (as originally intended) rather than the elite, the political opportunists, the career office holders who have already proven their destructive results? Do you think your films are inspiring people to get more involved?

DML:   I’ve had people who love me say that running for office is crazy, especially when I’ve built a nice career doing what I love (i.e. making films).  As for some stranger who doesn’t know me but is willing to take their time to write nasty things about my efforts, I feel bad for that person. But then again there is no shortage of keyboard cowboys on the Internet who have a lot to say but little to offer, especially bloggers and Facebook warriors who hide behind alias names and fake profiles so they can spew lies.

I don’t think it was delusional of me at all.  In fact, I wish I hadn’t gotten sick because I believe I’d be polling towards the top.  For example, Megyn Kelly had me on her show to discuss my 2016 strategy.  I told her I was exploring a run for the presidency because I am in love with my country, and that no person is more qualified than myself when it comes to securing the border and stopping the illegal alien invasion.  Plus, I’ve created jobs for 25 years as a businessman, and I understand the issues facing America and how they need to be solved. And I can’t be bought or lobbied to by special interest groups. When her show was over she ran a poll on her Facebook page asking viewers if they’d vote for me.  Over 4k people responded, of which 88% said yes they would vote for me.  Lots of delusional people, I guess?

Ron: You have some exciting film and book projects coming up with your “A Day At Bundy’s”, “Fighting for America,” and ultimately your remake of “King of the Hamptons.” Anything else you want to tease us with and will these be an expansion, another beginning to a longer story yet to unfold on America’s future?

DML:  I am making a film about the 2016 race, that’s all I can say for now.

Ron: Any final words of wisdom, encouragement, warning for American in light of our election next year? Will ultimately Neal Diamond’s song end in such societal disharmony and a sour discord we don’t even want to consider it?

DML:  If Donald Trump has taught us one thing it’s that America is tired of the political correctness and the DC insiders. So if you’re tired of being tossed under the bus, stand up — don’t be afraid of voicing your concerns.  Remember, being pro-America doesn’t mean your anti-anything.  As for my films, if people go to TheyComeToAmerica.com and buy a DVD, I send them free copies to hand out to people so the truth can get out there.  Some people say giving away more DVDs than I sell makes me delusional, I say it makes me feel good to know I’m doing what I can to help my country.

Our thanks to Mr. Lynch for his time in conversing about his projects, and these timely subjects so important to America.

 

Be sure to visit http://www.dennismichaellynch.com/   and see his hard hitting films at http://www.dennismichaellynch.com/films_reel/

 

RB

Ron Boat sits with Dennis Michael Lynch – Part 1

There are times it is interesting to look back and see how views of the past reflect the reality of what happened and what’s going to happen moving forward. In my travels I have opportunity to interview different people and DML is one of them.

Dennis Michael Lynch (or DML as he prefers) is an American businessman, documentary film maker, and conservative political commentator. He often appears as a guest on Fox News, The Kelly File, and The Blaze.

He has captured America’s eye and focused it on such subjects as the growing immigration problem with successful films such as “THEY COME TO AMERICA” parts I, II, and III. He shows the increasingly liberal media and their take on the news with “WE RIDE TO DC,” and, with his upcoming “FIGHTING FOR AMERICA,” looks at our declining life in America and what we should do about it.

In his 2015 film, “POWER GRAB,” He spends time with Dick Morris and looks at Obama’s remaining time in office and his plans for a one-party political system.

This is a 2-part interview with DML’s responses that show his personal beliefs and motivations for producing the films and books he does. No racism, no rhetoric, just facts and reality as the camera and DML have seen them.

 

 

Part 1 –

Ron: Having witnessed 9/11 first hand, watching citizens jumping to their deaths, seeing the destruction, dust and debris, it must have been such a life changing impression that you enrolled in the New York Film Academy. You started with shorter, simpler, more commercially appealing films, but did you find the goal pretty quickly to start your pursuit of telling the important stories or did that take time to evolve during your studies?

DML:  After living 9/11 and seeing my fellow Americans jump from 80 stories, and after seeing what 19 people could do to the most powerful country on Earth, I decided to make a change.  I no longer desired to continue as a CEO and chase money, but instead chase my dream of making films.  And during the making of my first film “King of the Hamptons’, which includes many Hollywood stars, I met a man who protests against illegal immigration each and every day.  He does this because he lost his ability to earn a living because of the illegal aliens who undercut his prices (he’s a contractor).  And so he protests on the corner of a 7-Eleven where dishonest contractors come to pick up the illegal aliens who stand there each morning looking for work.  After speaking with the guy (Tom), I decided to make a film about illegal immigration and its impact on America.

It was the experience of touring the country and making They Come to America which opened my eyes.  It enabled me to truly see how immigration has not only grown out of control, but how the media is ignoring the negative impact immigration is having on American workers, America’s culture, and our national security.  I made that film in 2010 – 2011, and I’ve been locked in ever since.  I’ve made three films about immigration and will make more, I am sure.  It’s like the Roach Motel, once you get in you never get out.  And I’m here to stay until the issue is addressed the way it needs to be.

Ron:  Your first major film, “King of the Hamptons” was a success with the local film festival crowds who had the chance to view this non-released film. It was more personal, almost motivational questioning of people’s lives dealing with midlife crises, and seemingly very separated from the political energy of current projects. With your upcoming remake, will you add the political elements in today’s life’s decisions and its influence on our daily existence? Is the political environment today more intrusive, more restrictive, in allowing us “to be all we can be” than it was even in 2010?

DML: So many people have asked to see the film.  But to release the original would add no value to the viewer today.  I always have a need to add value — I want to put out a movie that makes people think, and then to act — I want my films to push people to move forward be it for themselves or for a cause.  That said, I decided it would be far more valuable to do a remake of the film.  In short, the remake will marry the best parts of the original film with new scenes that show where I am today and how I got here.  My hope is the film will provide a gateway for people who find themselves stuck in a place of uncertainty.  What does that mean?

So many people have dreams and ideas, they know they are destined to do something great — they know they want to use their talents and determination to scale higher and to be more, but for some reason they are scared to try.  And so I think if people see where I was in 2008 (when I started making the film), to where I am now, they will get fired up about taking a chance on themselves even if they don’t know where they will land.   As for politics, sure there will be political tones in the film but it’s only because I’ve become so engrossed in politics.  But I won’t do what the left does — I won’t try to push my politics onto the viewer.  That’s not my style — not in this film anyhow.

Ron:  When you started your quest for immigration research and documentation, did you ever imagine the many stories of incidents like San Francisco’s Kate Steinle, or the Kansas City woman kidnapped at knife point, repeatedly raped and driven to New York by an illegal, the two Virginia girls killed by the illegal Alfredo Ramos driving drunk or our own Arizona police officer killed by an illegal drunk driver? Add to these the hundreds, no thousands of crimes committed by first time and returning illegals?

DML:  I had NO IDEA about the amount of crime generated by illegal aliens.  Most people have no idea how bad it is, unless of course you’re one of the victims, or a loved-one of a victim.

I receive gifts and letters in the mail each week, and some of them make me cry.  Example. I had a veteran send me his medal from Vietnam and ask, “Please don’t stop doing what you do, my son was killed by an illegal alien.”  I mean WOW, how do I not continue on with the next film?

Fact is, the cost of illegal immigration goes beyond a dollar figure.  How do you put a price on a lost life, or a child raped?  For example, in N. Carolina alone, last year more than 1,000 illegal aliens were arrested for more than 5,000 counts of rape of CHILDREN.  To me, that’s terrorism.  That’s our government allowing illegal aliens to come into this country and terrorize our children.  I want it stopped!

Ron: Have you imagined any final, ultimate story to break or is that yet to be written by future events? Do you think we’ll find a positive outcome for America?

DML:  As far as immigration goes, until a major public figure is killed by an illegal alien nothing will be done.  That is unless we get a president who really cares about the American people and understands like I do the damage being doing to America, then, perhaps, it will be addressed.  I say it is the number one issue in America, and I say that because I know it touches almost every issue we face, including education, welfare, jobs, national security, healthcare, etc.

As for the long term outlook for America as a whole, I hate to bet against the country I love, so I won’t.  But if Hillary Clinton was elected, I may want to change my bet.

Ron: Immigration was the first main theme of your released films, then you moved to exposing the liberal media and then a more in depth look at Obama’s transformation of America earlier this year. Do you have a long term “pattern” or “route” in mind when picking your subjects or just taking things as they seem timely and important?

DML:  The media film is called WE RIDE TO DC.  And I didn’t plan on making it.  About 8-months earlier I was asked by producers if I would provide an exclusive to The Kelly File.  Meaning, I would appear only on Megyn’s show and to go out and shoot the sort of eye-opening video my films offer.  I agreed to try it, and in doing so I was exposed to various events, and I captured so much on camera.   I also got a real look at the media, and the bias that exists within it.

For example, The Kelly File was interested in me covering the government shutdown and the Memorials being closed.  And so in WE RIDE TO DC the viewer is shown what really took place when the veterans protested by throwing the barricades down in front of the White House.  The other media outlets like CNN and MSNBC where there covering the story with me, but they aired selective sound bites that made the veterans look like maniacs and racists.  It was so far from the truth and I had the clips to prove it.  That said, after 6 months of similar events and situations where I could show the media bias that powers the airwaves, I decided to use my footage to make a film. And so I made WE RIDE TO DC in a matter of weeks and funny enough, after its release is when people began asking me to run for president.

Moving forward, I see myself expanding into other issues.  I’m getting ready to do a film about welfare, another about veterans, and a biggie in time for 2016, but I cannot share details about that one at the moment.

Ron: In 2007 I started my own research into this new player on the block – this Barack Obama, who, except for a previous speech at the Democratic convention in ’04, was virtually unknown. It was quickly apparent to me, a basically non-political person, that we were dealing with someone with long running associations such as the New party, the SDS, Socialists and Communists who would have an agenda not in keeping with our values and with possibly very destructive consequences. Have you had this same revelation and does it play a part in your writing and directing, or do you try to keep a more reserve, centered, “make your own decision” approach for the viewers?

DML:   I recall the first time I heard Obama speak.  He gave a speech at the DNC, and for some reason we were watching it on TV.  I looked at my wife and said, “That guy will be president one day.”  I said such not knowing who he was.  I was simply reacting to his ability to deliver a speech.  I did not vote for him, and so I never looked at his background because frankly, I wasn’t interested in politics at the time.  But today, knowing what I know, and diving into the nuances of news and politics each and every day like I do, he is a terrible president and I cannot believe the man was reelected in 2012.  It just shows how far downhill our country has gone, and how disconnected people are when it comes to knowing about what is taking place in America.  It’s one reason why I am happy about Trump being in the race.  His presence has reignited an interest in politics.  And so maybe more people will pay attention to who they elect.

As for my films, I tell the story as I see it happen in front of me.  I am conservative, but make no mistake, when it comes to the politicians, I am tougher on Republicans than I am on Democrats because I expect more.

Don’t miss Part 2 as we look at his new projects and thoughts of the elections of 2016.

Be sure to visit http://www.dennismichaellynch.com/   and see his hard hitting films at http://www.dennismichaellynch.com/films_reel/

 

RB

Ron Boat grows impatient

I’ve never been an overly tolerant person. Especially when it comes to stupidity – And ESPECIALLY when it comes to people who lie to me or are so stupid that their own perception of facts stand as testament to irrational, misleading, blatantly wrong information and they believe they’re fooling me
 
People like Schumer, Waters, Sherman, Franken, Piglosi. Shelia Jackson Lee, and yes, B. Hussein and others (including the media) are so consumed with hate and deliberate blindness that their rhetoric rings hollow of any smidgen of truth and reason.
 
Their actions stand in the way of progress toward what’s important to America and its citizenry… things like national safety, economic growth, better education bringing fuller opportunities for all, a fairer less complicated ax system and affordable healthcare needed by so many.
 
The media has completely sold out in order to convey the untruthful messages of wrong doing, incompetence and yes, even treason. They make up misdirections and falsehoods in order to advance an agenda of anti-Americanism, socialism, and the power hungry left’s push for more control and less freedom. 
 
The interesting thing is that they miss the point. They amuse their own staffs, coworkers, family and friends with spoutings of silliness that wouldn’t pass muster at liars anonymous. THEY ARE GENERALLY TALKING TO THEMSELVES as even the left has started to see the futility of their efforts. They’re seeing that real facts stand in the way of wishful thinking and worse yet, only the most stupid of society will respond to their requests for opposition. And the thought that the most absurdly blind lemmings following this orchestration are directing the pulse of the country’s thinking makes one pause and puke.
 
When will real people stand up? When will they take a minute and call and write and make noise like the resistance does? Yes, I like others have written congress people only to months later get back an “email unread” or blanket irrelevant thank you response but with persistence we need to make an effort. MAKE NOISE and maybe, hopefully make a difference.
 
The media responds to one thing… MONEY. If they can ultimately get the message that we aren’t listening any more, we aren’t watching, we’re not buying from and supporting their sponsors….then maybe they’ll get the message that truthful, fair and balanced reason is a better way to go than deliberate, wrongful indoctrination.
 
With Trump’s election, we stemmed the tide of societal destruction but the effort to bring down America hasn’t ended. In some cases it’s increased. My blood boils to watch the stupidity standing proudly behind podiums screaming and yelling their fairy-tales and fantasies of wrongdoing and malfeasance in order to assume more power, position and a prolonged existence in the public square.  
 
We need to keep up the fight, increase the push back to protect and defend. If not…. then all that our military has fought and died for over the decades, all that we’ve invested in energy, money and time to make this country the best has been wasted.
All the naysayers of reason need to know that the caring, intelligent, reasonable and patriotic people in the homeland outnumber the disciples of destruction they so boldly attempt to lead into a civil war of discourse, animosity and resentment.
RB

Ron Boat thinks it’s time to relax, reflect and smile

Words have meanings. How many times have we heard that? Many times words convey love, friendship, authority, disappointment, praise…or more.

If you take any time at all to read the words of our founders, early purveyors of English literature or those with a great “turn of the word,” there’s a simplicity that makes the point directly with power and directness. There’s a powerful expression of depth – simple in it’s delivery, deep in its meaning.

When we speak we are trying to pass along information and emotion to others. Yes, sometimes we do it directly with emphasis and yet other times we are more subtle, with hidden, subdued, with a slight stab at our intended recipient.

These subtle and snarky pieces of wit are many times conveying a message that takes a bit of effort to fully spot…understand…enjoy. I trust you’ll enjoy these words from history.

 

 

A member of Parliament to Disraeli: “Sir, you will either die on the gallows or of some unspeakable disease.”

“That depends, Sir, ” said Disraeli, “whether I embrace your policies or your mistress.”

 

 

 

 

 

“He had delusions of adequacy .”

-Walter Kerr

 

 

 

 

“He has all the virtues I dislike and none of the vices I admire.”

– Winston Churchill

 

 

 

 

“I have never killed a man, but I have read many obituaries with great pleasure.”

-Clarence Darrow

 

 

 

 

“He has never been known to use a word that might send a reader to the dictionary.”

-William Faulkner (about Ernest Hemingway)

 

 

 

 

“Thank you for sending me a copy of your book; I’ll waste no time reading it.”

-Moses Hadas

 

 

 

“I didn’t attend the funeral, but I sent a nice letter saying I approved of it.”

“Why do you sit there looking like an envelope without any address on it?”

-Mark Twain

 

 

 

“He has no enemies, but is intensely disliked by his friends.”

“Some cause happiness wherever they go; others, whenever they go.”

-Oscar Wilde

 

 

“I am enclosing two tickets to the first night of my new play; bring a friend, if you have one.”

-George Bernard Shaw to Winston Churchill

 “Cannot possibly attend first night, will attend second… if there is one.”

-Winston Churchill, in response

 

 

“I feel so miserable without you; it’s almost like having you here.”

-Stephen Bishop

 

 

 

“He is a self-made man and worships his creator.”

-John Bright

 

 

 

“I’ve just learned about his illness.  Let’s hope it’s nothing trivial.”

-Irvin S. Cobb

 

 

 

“He is not only dull himself; he is the cause of dullness in others.”

-Samuel Johnson

 

 

 

“He is simply a shiver looking for a spine to run up.”

– Paul Keating

 

 

 

 

“In order to avoid being called a flirt, she always yielded easily.”

-Charles Count Talleyrand

 

 

 

 

 

“He loves nature in spite of what it did to him.”

-Forrest Tucker

 

 

 

 

“His mother should have thrown him away and kept the stork.”

-Mae West

 

 

 

 

“He uses statistics as a drunken man uses lamp-posts… for support rather than illumination.”

-Andrew Lang

 

 

 

“He has Van Gogh’s ear for music.”

-Billy Wilder

 

 

 

 

“I’ve had a perfectly wonderful evening.  But I’m afraid this wasn’t it.”

-Groucho Marx

 

 

In life and politics, there are times when a subtle expression can be more successful in carrying the message than words of hate. The question is whether or not the recipient will understand the jab and get the point.

Satire can be poignant, funny or both. Maybe this will spark your own verbal banters with humor and directness.

 

RB

 

 

Ron Boat Sees The Problem with Grown ups

We certainly are living in a sick sick societal environment.

As I said on June 13th,  “Our civil rights, our religions, our customs and freedoms are under assault as we progress through the transition from growing socialism to our true American freedoms as conceived by our founders. Problem Part 1 – Our Schools:”

But over the past 10-15 years, we’re seeing the ramifications of that school upbringing problem and now we’re at:

Problem Part 2 – Grown Ups:

The 60’s really started a movement of rebellion. The hatred for the war, the growth of real drugs and hard knocking rock-n-roll, the open culture of “make love not war.” The rebels from that era have since grown up and gotten into our universities, high schools and political offices. The 60’s radicals made their BIG appearance when B Hussein made it into the oval office. And with him the socialistic policies and agendas that nearly destroyed this country – and would have continued had a certain HRC won the election last year.

The problem with dangerous grade and high school education is that those mind-washed, indoctrinated lemmings grow up into adults that carry with them unrealistic ideologies and potential for violent talk and actions. They bring with them conceived notions that aren’t based in grown up reality but philosophical fantasies that can harm people and societies.

We see that words do have consequences. Words Like:

“If they bring a knife you bring a gun”
~ B. Hussein Obama

“Democrats Have to ‘Fight in the Streets’ Against Trump”
~ Senator Tim Kaine

“Plea for more marching, blood and death on the streets… They’ve marched, they’ve bled and yes, some of them died. This is hard. We have done this before. We can do this again.”
~ US Attorney General Loretta Lynch

“I’m glad he got shot. I wish he was f–ing dead.” [referring to Rep Steve Scalise’s shooting]
~  Phil Montag, Nebraska Democratic official

“I’d like to punch Trump in the face.”
~  Robert DeNiro

“I wish I could take Donald Trump “behind the gym.”
~  VP Joe Biden

And most of these violent quotes are not from street thugs or prisoners in some hinterland jail but high ranking gov’t officials who should know better. People who should have class and respect for the president of the United States and life in general.

And thanks to our permissive, open, accepting radical societal views it’s not just the violence but the stupidity that emanates from the pie hole of our leaders who should have had more time being educated than indoctrinated.

People who say things like:

“My fear is that the whole island of Guam will become so overly populated [with our troops] that it will tip over and capsize”
~ Representative Henry C. Johnson

“I stand here as a freed slave.”  [ in 2013?]
~  Representative Sheila Jackson Lee

“I’ve now been in 57 states with one left to go.”
~  Candidate B. Hussein Obama

“We lose 93 million Americans a day to gun violence…”
~ Gov Terry McAuliffe

Ok, we can say that everyone occasionally makes mistakes, HOWEVER, when you’re in an important position of power, responsibility, governance, you need to think before speaking. There are times when we cannot forgive ignorance from people who control our lives, protect our country, make laws and ESPECIALLY when they are attempting to control us – or justify doing so.

We see more and more of these laissezfaire attitudes when it comes to economics, governing, or communicating. We should expect and demand more.

If a waitress can’t pronounce “cordon blue” or “Chicken Kiev” correctly… no biggie. As long as the chef gets it right. But when you can’t communicate accurately in a public setting, how do we know the decisions you’re making behind the scenes are legit, accurate and reasonable?

We need to step up and demand more from our education systems. Make sure that kids are taught the things they need to know – not the things the teachers think will make them better social experiments and tree hugging, climate advocating liberal supporters later in life.

The most recent PISA results, from 2015, placed the U.S. an unimpressive 38th out of 71 countries in math and 24th in science. Among the 35 members of the Organization for Economic Cooperation and Development, which sponsors the PISA initiative, the U.S. ranked 30th in math and 19th in science.

We’re one of the richest countries in the world. We led the space race and have some of the brightest doctors and scientists and yet.. .when they’re gone.. who takes over? We used to have statesmen. Now we have greedy, one minded, fascists bent on lying, manipulating, conniving and pushing to achieve more power and money for themselves…not a better America for everyone.

And our main problem? The lack of quality education is being mixed with socialistic ideals for political purposes and that only means trouble for the good ol US of A.

and… oh yea…. what do the stupid people (mostly liberals) say when they are caught in their misguided comments and lies? They blame it on someone else or just halfheartedly apologize and then move on to the next one.

Time to wake up America. Take a stand and demand more from the stupid adults who are running our country…..into the ground.

~ RB

 

 

 

Ron Boat Sees Continuing Education Destruction

Let’s face it. Even with the recent election of Donald Trump, Many feel America is still on the decline in many areas of our society.

Our civil rights, our religions, our customs and freedoms are under assault as we progress through the transition from growing socialism to our true American freedoms as conceived by our founders.

Part 1 – Our Schools:

More and more we see the influence of “acceptance” and “tolerance” being pushed on our youngest of students. We know God was taken out of schools years ago when prayer was banned and at times even the pledge of allegiance is being replaced by a pledge to alla-egiance. 

Thought it’s been 40+ years since I was in high school and college, we focused on American history, American laws, the constitution, learning to read, studied math, English, the sciences and arts. Now we’ve become a training ground for “social acceptance living” including liberalism, activision, protesting, efficient property damage, organizing, and multi-culturalism churning out next week’s arrestees from the local protest march against American rights and values.

Now, As part of their social studies curriculum, Grade 7 pupils throughout California study ancient Muslim cultures and the impact of Islam on world history. Hummmm, I myself am trying to remember the Islamic influence on medicine and life saving surgical techniques, space traveling astronauts, writers of symphonic classics, or world explorers. Kids who have little to no knowledge of American history (after all it is unimportant), can’t spell or use proper English, and only follow their leaders as lemmings to the slaughter….. A societal butchery we’ll all be part of.

One item from the 6-point list on how that standard is to be reached is especially troubling: “Trace the origins of Islam and the life and teachings of Muhammad, including Islamic teachings on the connection with Judaism and Christianity.”

(You can view for yourself California’s Grade Seven History-Social Science Content Standards.)

Many parents would be up in arms if schoolkids were learning about the life and teachings of Jesus in public school classrooms, even if the information were presented only as background for a unit on the impact of Christianity on world history. Even though a Christian myself, I’m all for the separation of religion from education as it potentially allows for introduction of ideas that should be left to individual choice – not forced educational indoctrination and possible false teachings.

Breitbart reported:

The “Access Islam” curriculum includes 10 lesson plans, including the “Five Pillars of Islam;” “Salat: Prayer in Muslim Life;” “Ramadan Observance;” “Quran: Sacred Scripture of Islam;” “The Haji: Journey to Mecca;” “Islam in America;” and “Women in Islam.”

Brigitte Gabriel Reads the Muslim Brotherhood Plan for America:

NEW JERSEY SCHOOL FORCES STUDENTS TO WATCH PRO-ISLAMIC VIDEO, MOTHERS FIGHT BACK:

Although the school has denied lessons on any other major religion, the Islamic curriculum included forcing seventh-graders to declare, “May [Allah] help us all find the true faith — Islam” and forced them to view a video about the 5 pillars of Islam that portrayed non-Muslims as unintelligent. PERSONAL OPINION…. THIS HAS NO PLACE IN OUR SCHOOLS.

Parents are starting to see the light and realize that the future of our country depends on educated, well prepared and independent thinking kids and not ones fluent in Islamic cultural ideals and dangerous anti-American falsehoods.

The growth of multi-cultural studies grew over the last 8 years as our government leaders, indoctrinated with Islamic leaning, socialist ideologies, allowed or promoted a more open society based on social justice and middle east and European values, not realistic and truthful American foundations as laid out centuries ago.

While there are those of the Islamic faith who have adapted to our way of life, accepted our laws and values, and choose to live here under our societal lifestyle, there are many who choose to do us harm. And have for centuries.

I’m not even sure I knew the term Muslim when I was in school as life was simple, easy going, and our lives were wrapped up in American life. Surely, we’ve been reminded lately of the past they have played in slavery and our own American history.

How many know that perhaps 1.5 million Europeans and Americans were enslaved in Islamic North Africa between 1530 and 1780? We dimly recall that Miguel de Cervantes was briefly in the galleys. But what of the people of the town of Baltimore in Ireland, all carried off by “Tripolitan Corsair” raiders in a single night? Just a precursor to the violence that was to follow over the centuries.

Deprived of Royal Navy protection, American shipping became even more subject than before to the depredations of those who controlled the Strait of Gibraltar. The infant United States had therefore to decide not just upon a question of national honor but upon whether it would stand or fall by free navigation of the Muslim controlled seas.

And hence, the involvement of Thomas Jefferson, and our national reaction to the so-called Barbary Wars – A Muslim conflict not derived from or rooted in our recent 9/11/01 NYC attack, or the first ’93 WTC attack or even the 1983 US Embassy and Beirut barracks bombings, but the 1801 wars on foreign shores required to protect our fledgling country from the centuries old “ravages of savages.”

To promote in our schools the dangerous, opposing illogical teachings of “peace, love and acceptance” of a religion whose very tenet is in fact not based in our Christian way of life or constitutional method of governance, is setting up generations of future citizens as a threat to what we all hold dear in our lives.

Is this the future education you desire for your children, your neighbors and fellow citizens? or maybe we should get back to teaching them the true tools of learning and making a living to better our society with valuable and valued skills?

Not my child!

Be aware. Observe and be involved in local school boards and meetings. Know what’s going on and write your congress reps about things which pose a threat to our American way of life. Whether a Christian, a Jew, Hindu, Sikh or any more peaceful religion, we can’t allow subversion of our children and ultimately our country.

 

RB

 

 

Ron Boat with Memorial Day Thoughts

It’s a special day. A memorable day. A day which, even though it rolls around every year, never looses its important meaning to those who cherish freedom and the rare opportunity we have to live, work and enjoy life.

It is our duty, our obligation, and our distinct honor to remember those who gave so much to the existence of our country; To those who died in the liberation of our country and to those who kept us free and secure over the years. 

To many these days, they feel everyone owes them, everyone should support them and “give” to them just because, when in fact it is everyone’s personal responsibility to contribute to society, and millions over the years have given much more than we have the right to ask.

As a veteran with many veteran friends, there’s a sense of inner pride seeing men and women in uniform and knowing the sacrifice they make away from their lives; separated from family and departed from the comforts of home in order to fulfill a higher calling – the protection of our country from enemies abroad.

I and my many friends remember, honor and thank those who give everything to keep us free and safe. May we all live under the flag of freedom with gratitude that they made available to us through their service and sacrifice.

God bless America.

 

Rb

 

Failed Notre Dame Walk Out

How embarrassing?

Prior to the walkout during Notre Dame commencement with guest speaker Vice President Mike Pence, organized group We StaND For, was not involved in much. The group has labeled itself as a student activist coalition, and according to their twitter feed, they believed there was going to be a successful walk out this past weekend.

Turns out only 100 students joined the group to show their dismay in VP Mike Pence. Over 3,000 students remained in their seats, some even shouted a few boos to those that decided to get up and leave. Once the students left the event, they stood outside the ceremony awaiting their photo opportunity wearing gay pride ribbons.

Of course groups such as the Women’s March praised the students that decided to selfishly take attention away from those that worked hard and paid a lot of money to enjoy their graduation. There is a time and place to protest the current administration, and this wasn’t the place. It seems the liberals have yet to understand that the abundance of protests are continuing to sway many independents to the right.

Ron Boat chats with Suzanne Shattuck – Part 2

Continuing our discussion with Suzanne Shattuck, we look at some truths about Islam and the politics of America.

She speaks of views, ideas and ideals that aligned with mine, and I find her to be an exceptional lady of great experience with a strong love for this country, life and putting forth the truth.

This is part 2 of 2 segments discussing the important considerations of our time and where America might, or might not be headed…. And what can we do about it.

RB –  It’s a shame that our lives are so consumed with politics. It used to be you could go days or weeks not worried about who was president or what congress was or wasn’t doing or national security issues. Now it’s an hourly thing for many discussing who wire tapped who, how’s the vote going in congress or will taxes go down, the border be secured or how many Muslims are coming in from unstable countries of war?

SS –  Exactly! And I would much rather be spending my days decorating, gardening, playing sports, hiking and on and on. Like I tell others, this is not what I want to be doing. It is not easy putting your name and your non-PC beliefs out there. Especially now when there are serious repercussions for doing so. Look at Tim Allen and what happened with his perfectly good show.

RB –   Going back to the military subject, you had some emphatic thoughts on General Mattis. Think it was a onetime comment about killing the ISIS leader, possibly misspoken, or some underlying philosophy that might prevent his long term success?

SS –  I believe General Mattis politically aligns himself with “Obama like” people. He is more than likely a Democrat. If you look at who he wanted to name as his deputy secretary, a woman named Anne Patterson, an Obama ambassador to Egypt who backed the Muslim Brotherhood’s Morsi. If that wasn’t bad enough, he wanted to name Michele Flournoy to that same post as well. She was Hillary’s pick for Secretary of Defense had she gotten into office. I don’t doubt his military prowess, but seriously don’t think he understands who he is fighting and why they fight.

RB –  On your show I finally heard a reasonable, factual parallel opinion to mine about Islamic terrorism. That being that it’s not Radical Islam that’s the problem, it’s Islam itself. I mean really… a 6th / 7th century “religion” founded by a prophet who married a 9 year old, who promotes violence, polygamy, murder and torture. The two things that bother me are 1) all Muslims ascribe to the Qur’an and yes some claim to be peaceful while the same book tells others to lie, kill infidels and rewrite history at will. Not logical. And 2) With all the evil, killing and world destruction I keep wondering where the leaders are standing up and denouncing this viciousness. In my book, if you don’t speak out against atrocities, you’re part of the problem.

SS –  I’ll simply agree with you here. Nothing has changed in the Koran for 1400 years. They follow the same doctrine and the same prophet, Mohammad. Muslims have never been told they can pick and choose how they live their lives. Their lives must model Mohammad. In Christianity, you have the Old and New Testament. Christians live in the New Testament times, and Jesus didn’t encourage violence, sexual perversion, polygamy, rape, torture, etc. He instead encouraged forgiveness, love, and mercy. Islam is the only “religion” I know of that rewards paradise to those who murder.

 

[ RB – As a follow up to that, I heard recently that Christians follow Christ in their actions, thoughts and with a desire to be like him. Muslims are doing the same following their god, their leader, to be more like him and that includes everything they’re doing to destroy the world. ]

RB –  In their own words,  (Qur’an 3:54) “And they (the unbelievers) planned to deceive, and Allah planned to deceive (the unbelievers), and Allah is the best of deceivers.”  And Qur’an 8:30,  “And (remember) when the unbelievers plotted deception against you (O Muhammad), to imprison you, or kill you, or expel you. They plotted deception, but Allah also plotted deception; and Allah is the best of deceivers.” Quite a basis for a ”loving” “peaceful” “truthful” religion.

SS – You hit on one of their main modus operandi, lying or takiya. The Muslim Brotherhood front groups like Council on American Islamic Relations (CAIR), thrives on deception to the point of denying they are linked with the terrorist group HAMAS. This is well documented and even in the Holy Land Foundation documents entered into public record. In addition, there are many open sourced materials that link them, but the heads of these groups deny it openly in the face of facts.

RB –  I think Americans need to wake up to the facts, the truth, the threats of Islam as it’s not a foreign religion but a threat right here on our own shores perpetrated and promoted by one Barak Hussein Obama. Trump’s desire to better vet those coming here is a natural link in our protective chain of entrance into this country. And a better vetting of those already in our government needs to take place as well. With your work with several national security groups, have you seen an understanding of the problems and a commitment to better protecting this country?

SS – I think for the sake of Western Civilization, Islam needs to be declared as more of a political ideology more than a religion as it is a complete way of life. And, come to think of it, I would probably not even quantify it as a religion because it is more like a cult. The very fact that we sanction it as a religion gives it a protected status in our country because of the wording of our Constitution. I take a more rigid and unforgiving stance on the supposed “vetting” of Muslim refugees and immigrants into this country. There really is no way to vet an individual who harbors a political ideology in opposition to our Constitution.  If there were no other place in the world that these individuals could go it may be a different story because of the humanitarian aspect, but there are plenty of other Islamic countries for these people to go to instead of America. If you want to keep America… America, then Islamic immigration of any kind must cease. It is for the survival of our civilization.

RB –  Trump rose on a wave of discontent, and while he is no Messiah, do you see him as a saver (not savior) of this country from our downward slide? I can’t image what we’d be going through and discussing had Clinton been victorious on Nov 8th.

SS –  While I believe having Trump in office is much better for the country than Hillary, there is still reason for much concern. Although trump seems to be moving in the right directions with the economy and America’s strength on the world stage, he is disappointingly turning away from dealing with the enormous threat on our soil, the Islamic threat. He has tabled the Foreign Terrorist Organization for The Muslim Brotherhood which is extremely worrisome. But, it is evident Trump can turn on a dime and make some bold necessary moves. I hope and pray he does this concerning the designation for the Brotherhood.

RB –  You’ve researched many refugee resettlement issues and immigration in general, and I find it incomprehensible that our previous president would throw open the borders allowing tens of thousands to wonder in only to be taken care of by the taxpayers of this country. They’re housed, fed, given medical treatment, education opportunities and free transportation. What a life. While our elderly suffer and our veterans go unnoticed. Can we not see and acknowledge a subversive agenda to this former social justice madness?

SS – We must get a grip on immigration as a whole, especially immigration through the Refugee Resettlement Program. The Refugee Program is simply a means to destabilize this country just like it did and continues to do in Europe. There is not one good reason for Islamic refugees to come to this country, unless they were leaving Islam, which makes them an apostate and running for their lives. The other Islamic refugees should rightfully go to other Gulf rich countries in the region. The Islamic ideology of Sharia is contrary to our Constitution and therefore should bar them from our country, period. No more discussion should be required.

RB –  With the success of your Red Nation Rising radio program, where do you see the program moving in the future? More impactful, hard hitting topics? More forceful discussion of our growing enemy, Islam? Guests? What are the pressing issues that need to be brought to the forefront with the same deliberate emphasis you brought last week?

SS –  I am starting to have guests on the show and/or tape interviews with people who I think have something to say about this fight we are in, whether it be against Leftist/Progressive/Marxist policies, the Islamic movement or simply people whom I have met that would enrich my listeners lives. I believe we are headed for trying times, but the more we stand and speak truth now, the more people will wake up and join this fight for Liberty. And the more people are educated and willing to stand, the better chance we have at preserving this precious country we have been given.

RB – Where can people go to learn more about Suzanne, her views, projects and proclamations?

SS – Suzanneshattuck.com, talkamericaradio.us, drrichswier.com

 

I can’t thank Suzanne enough for taking time and voicing ideas that run through all our minds – but many are hesitant to express. Conservatives may have won the election in the early hours of Nov 9th, but the ultimate success of a Trump presidency is still to be seen, and we continue to fight the destructive progressive ways of liberals.

They are standing in opposition to everything Trump is trying to achieve, wasting time and energy with one Russian dog fight after another, advancing any story or lie to diminish the presidency because “they lost”, and generally developing the largest set of road blocks to any presidency we’ve seen.

The uncontrolled immigration of overwhelming Muslim populations, any continuing advancement of an Obama socialistic society, the onslaught of immigrants from the south needs to stop and soon… or America will become a third world country with problems we can’t even imagine yet.

People need to get involved ensuring local offices are filled with constitutionally minded patriots, working to make sure their state representatives to congress are the best for America, and working to make sure that the presidency will always held by a person (man or woman) that is grounded in the beliefs that America is exceptional, is a beacon of hope for the world and conforms the desires of our freedom seeking founding fathers.

~RB

Ron Boat chats with Suzanne Shattuck – Part 1

A while back I was wondering though different shows here on RNR and was struck by one very strong and passionate personality. In a world of men dominated radio hosts, Suzanne Shattuck puts forth such energy and strength that others could learn a lesson from her.

She spoke of views, ideas and ideals that aligned with mine, and I had not heard many express on the open airwaves. I’m not easily impressed, but after talking with her, I found her to be an exceptional lady of great experience with a strong love for this country, life and putting forth the truth.

This is part 1 of 2 segments discussing the important considerations of our time and where America might, or might not be headed. And what can we do about it.

 

RB – Suzanne, you certainly had a middle American start on life growing up on a farm in Virginia with middle America lifestyle and values. Did that form a basis for your thinking and conservative direction, or did it really develop later on? Did family and faith play a part in your conservative thinking or did you become disgusted over time as you grew up? And has that hunger for truth always been a part of your inner core?

SS – Most definitely, my growing up on a farm had everything to do with my more conservative way of thinking, as well as my family’s strong faith in God. My childhood, for the most part was spent on my grandparent’s farm since my parents built a home on the end of their property. More days than not, I would be hiking in the woods and through the fields many times ending up at my grandparent’s home and not being allowed to leave until I ate something!

I can remember working in the garden, hay field, or potato patch and looking forward to the dinner break, which was usually served around 1-2 o’clock in the afternoon. My grandmother was an awesome cook and added at least 1 ½ cups of sugar to every pitcher of iced tea. Often while eating, my grandfather would reach up and flick the radio on to Rush Limbaugh. Rush made a lasting impression on me as I remember listening to him regularly for over twenty-two years.

My family was always involved in church. Later, when I was in middle-school, my parents switched from a Brethren to an Independent Baptist church. This new church actually had people carrying their Bibles into the worship center and studied them intensely on Sunday morning and night, then again on Wednesdays. It was quite a change, but I found myself coming into a more personal relationship with Jesus at that time. It would turn out to be a good thing for me as it was also about that time I was experimenting with partying and alcohol in high school.

Thankfully my parents saw that I needed a little help in making wiser decisions and abruptly placed me in the Christian school associated with the church. It was there that I found some great friends and learned you can have fun in high school without getting in trouble and drinking alcohol. Instead, many of my new friends loved to scope out our teachers’ or other friends’ homes to decorate with toilet paper. We got pretty creative and always did a superb job. It also helped that one of my friends was the janitor/night security at a large business. He used to donate heavily to our paper products required for these missions. That friend continues to work at this same company and to this day I believe he is one of the executives.

RB –   Being a military wife and having the opportunity to experience that living and working environment, did you see a strong patriotic dedication over the years? Were there changes in the way the military, that you were exposed to, that indicated a social influence or did the enlisted and officer corps show more patriotism than compliance with some “social” agenda? How would you compare it to the last few years of our military command under Obama?

SS – Again, I must credit my parents for setting the tone for my patriotism that has been strong for as long as I have memories. They taught my brothers, sister and myself; love of freedom, respect for our founding fathers, honesty, forgiveness, hard work, and a desire for the truth. There was frequent talk of current events and politics of the day. Most all of my immediate and extended family were Republicans and hardworking individuals, because they took care of farms as well as having other jobs in the community. I can remember going to Republican Dinners and listening to speeches from local elected officials, even standing in line to see Dan Quayle come through the little city’s airport where I grew up. I am blessed to say I had a wonderful childhood.

Being a military wife increased my understanding of how this small section of the population sacrifices their lives in numerous ways to keep America free. I must say much of the sacrifice is given by the children of those in active duty as they never really experience being able to sink roots down anywhere, thus being denied a feeling of grounding and solidity. Being a military wife enabled me to be around so many Americans who respected our freedom enough to dedicate their lives to the protection of it. I have many vivid memories of driving on Army posts when “Retreat” would play over the loud speakers. This indicated the flag was being lowered. It is custom to stop your car, even in the middle of the street, get out, place your hand over your heart while facing the direction of the flagpole. You were to remain silent for the remainder of the playing of “To the Colors.” It was always a reminder of what that flag stood for. My children remember that as well, and it is something that will never be taken from them.

As a military wife of an officer, I probably had more opportunity appreciate a growing political correctness towards the end of my former husband’s career. I think this also was more apparent to me as I was becoming well read in the area of the Global Islamic movement and more specifically with the influence of the Muslim Brotherhood here in America. I definitely witnessed the deference to the women in the military and a sharp rise in sexual harassment cases within the ranks which lead to sensitivity training, the same kind of training that is going on now for transgender and other minority groups. It is sad to see the decline of morale in the military largely due to the social experiment it has turned into.

RB – You just recently entered the world of radio broadcasting?

SS – Yes, I just started broadcasting my show called, “Wide Awake” on Rednationrising.us. The name comes from my website, “I’m Wide Awake” at suzanneshattuck.com. I chose the name as a way of letting our enemies know that what they are doing in plain sight isn’t fooling me. Many of our elected officials, Hollywood, MSM, the Left, and Islamic leaders continue to attempt to lull Americans back to sleep so they can continue chipping away at our freedoms. The name of my show and those who listen to me aren’t going to fall for it. In addition before anyone moves to protect freedom they have to wake up to what is going on.

Don Neuen was very instrumental in bringing me out of my shell and offering and encouraging me to write, to speak. It was he and his wife, Donna Fiducia, who gave me the opportunity at radio. I really never planned on doing any of this, but doors kept opening to me and I trusted God to walk through them.

I don’t feel like I have anything special to offer. I am simply filling a void that exists because so many are silent about what threatens our liberties here at home. And one of those main threats is the Islamic movement. It exists here in this country though because Americans have lost their identity. Many fail to remember our roots, grounded in not just freedom, but God-given freedom.  We are not passing that on to the children, which over time is showing us vulnerable. America is not too big to fall. It took the lives of many to purchase the freedom we enjoy, and we cannot expect to keep it without fighting to preserve it.

RB –  And what pushed you into such an arena of ever changing, competitive verbal dog fights and exhaustive energy to keep up with shifting political landscape?

SS – I always think about Rush talking about how healthy it is to have a free exchange of ideas. Growing up, I remember debating a lot with my grandfather on my father’s side. He grew up in New York, actually in the city during the Great Depression. He loved to discuss religion and politics all day long. So, he was also a big influence in my desire to find the truth and to openly question and ponder issues both past and present.

RB –  As we discussed, I first ran into you by finding your show here on Red Nation Rising, and felt I had to connect with you because you exhibited such passion and drive for your subjects. Where did all this drive and craving for truth develop from?

SS – I believe ultimate truth is of God, so I believe searching for it is a drive He places in your heart. In regards to my subject, I went to a gathering in 2010, down on River Street in Savannah, Georgia where Ralph Reed was going to speak. Somewhere in the lineup was a wife of an Army Ranger who also had 4 children. She spoke with much passion and her topic was the Islamic movement. This sparked my interest because ever since 9/11 I was curious about who these terrorists were and what made them attack us. I ended up becoming friends with her and another local lady who also was passionate about educating others as to this growing threat in our country.

RB – Because you have such energy for your views, do you find push back from other media, friends or listeners because you’re so steadfast in your beliefs and truth laden topics?

SS –  Yes, in fact my intensity probably is off putting to some who literally have no idea of the seriousness of this issue. It can seem very foreign when you first start to understand it. I am very active on Facebook and find occasionally some who vociferously disagree with me. I am fine with anyone wanting to debate the facts, and I don’t consider myself an expert so I am willing to learn from others who can back up their arguments with facts. What I do not tolerate is name calling and shooting the messenger type tactics. Usually those are the left leaning folks whose arguments are based in emotion.

 

Next time, we’ll talk about day-to-day politics, General Mattis, Trump, the Qur’an  and more. Don’t miss her show here on Red Nation Rising, Sundays at 7 EST on the Justice network.

Thanks to Suzanne for sharing her views.

 

~RB

Ron Boat says Happy Mother’s Day

OK, maybe it’s a given that everyone should express and enjoy a holiday such as this or Father’s Day. But not everyone has the opportunity to do so, Having recently lost my father, I know the impact it will have come June 18th. And while I still have my mother, many don’t.

To remember and celebrate our family is paramount in a civil society. In Asian cultures, generations of ancestors are remembered and revered. Taking a day out to expressly honor a parent is part of who we are.

And maybe this is part of a bigger problem as we move toward the continuing development of our society. How many don’t even know their fathers, or mothers through whatever process of abandonment, neglect, death etc.? Without a cohesive family unit binding our nation together, we are a collection of lost souls randomly wondering through life alone without the glue of love and support that helps all of us to grow and develop.

This has long been the discussion of the black community where nearly 74% of kids are born out of a marriage unit and that has led to societal ramifications of crime, incarceration, dysfunction, welfare, and generational shortcomings and missed opportunities. All races have their problems but in general, aiding and promoting the proper and desired quality of a family unit is paramount to the long term survival and betterment of our country.

And to those of the gay community that feel a day such as this slights their position of a “parent?”  GROW UP. Not everything in life is about you. If there are 2 daddies or mommies…. then celebrate twice but don’t try to diminish our traditions to change the world to your ideology of uniqueness, diversity and difference. There’re well founded reasons and a place for established societal customs.

Here’s wishing everyone a day of relaxation, peace, love and joy in their family settings whether expressed in person, or through a medium less personal – yet just as meaningful.

 

RB

Ron Boat applauds Comey change

In a free and just society, our very lives depend on our leaders. We live with one party or another running the country, back and forth with policies we “hope” are good for the country at large. But we expect and deserve honesty, transparency, and above all – fairness and equality under the law.

When someone in the chain of governance fails and changes the rules, we’re in trouble – whether we recognize it, know it or not. When someone, on either side of the isle, decides that their way is the best way instead of our constitution and set of laws and rules, we’re diverting from our path of freedom and heading toward tyranny.

This was the course, not necessarily established but, played out by James Comey in his quickly call presser, potentially to change the political landscape. The biggest road sign on his downward journey was his news conference in July last year. Everyone, especially Republicans, waited on the edge of their chairs, hands clasp, and holding their breath as 13 minutes of a stinging indictment; damaging in-depth details of Clinton’s legal shortcomings were expounded with specificity for all the world to witness and judge:

  • “Of the 30,000 emails returned to the State Department, 110 emails in 52 email chains have been determined by the owning agency to contain classified information at the time they were sent or received. Eight of those chains contained information that was Top Secret at the time they were sent.”
  • “The FBI also discovered several thousand work-related emails that were not among the 30,000 emails that had been returned by Secretary Clinton State in 2014.”
  • “None of these emails should have been on any kind of unclassified system.”
  • “There is evidence to support a conclusion that any reasonable person in Secretary Clinton’s position, or in the position of those government employees with whom she was corresponding about these matters, should have known that an unclassified system was no place for that conversation.”
  • “We assess it is possible that hostile actors gained access to Secretary Clinton’s personal e-mail account.”

All nicely packaged and wrapped up like a July 4th patriotic present with a last minute reprieve stating that:

  • “Although there is evidence of potential violations of the statutes regarding the handling of classified information, our judgment is that no reasonable prosecutor would bring such a case.”

I’m truly thinking that he meant to say ” that no reasonable [Democratic] prosecutor would bring such a case.” For when legal scholar after legal scholar lists the crimes committed, the national security rules broken, the incompetence, malfeasance and misfeasance in high office and then no one pursues the obvious…. it’s enough to think we’re being conned. (Or Comey’d)

The intrusion into the election process was not professional and should not have happened for any reason and… to be fair should never be done by either party. But when you do interject yourself into the process by accusing, then excusing criminal acts, when the whole investigation is tainted with a tarmac meeting between the nation’s highest LEO and the husband of the investigation’s subject, with leaks and rants by every political hack on the planet… time to regroup.

The final straw in this bazaar stageplay is the Director’s decision to not just be an investigator, but an un-elected, un-appointed prosecutor performing duties not in his job description. When you state out of place:

  • “As a result, although the Department of Justice makes final decisions on matters like this, we are expressing to Justice our view that no charges are appropriate in this case.”

This is where things fall apart because the FBI’s job, and only job, is to gather facts, present them to the Dept of Justice, and THEY decide yea or nay on the legal appropriateness of charges. But of course when the leader of that dept. has poisoned the water with her quiet, almost secret meeting…. everything deserves higher review and scrutiny. And keep in mind, this meeting would have gone unknown except for an aware local TV reporter in Phoenix who thought the occurrence was strange, recorded it and reported it.

Hillary and the Dems celebrated the absolution and acquittal, while Repubs couldn’t believe their collective ears. And it’s been reported that  many non-partisans observers — and even friends of Comey — noted that his veneer of “independence” was shattered after the matter.

As long-time Comey friend and former co-worker Andrew McCarthy writes in National Review:

“The independence of law enforcement is critical, but at times he seemed to redefine ‘independent’ as beholden to only those institutional guidelines he subjectively judged worthy of following.”

After the comments, former Department of Justice spokesperson Matthew Miller bemoaned on Twitter that the Comey presser was “outrageous”:

“Absolutely outrageous presser by Comey. DOJ/FBI is supposed to speak in court. If it won’t make statements in court, it shouldn’t make them.”

Lewis Schiliro, a former FBI agent of 25 years, told Politico that Comey “undermined his status by holding a news conference” just days before the election and that he was doomed from the start:

“He brought the bureau into a political situation when it ought not to be. That’s not the place for the FBI,” said Schiliro. “I think Comey was trying to play investigator and prosecutor, and putting both hats on was a drastic mistake on his part.”

“His press conference ought to have been two sentences: ‘The FBI has concluded its investigation. The facts of the matter have been presented to the Department of Justice for a prosecution decision.’ Thank you very much and walk off,” Schiliro added. “That’s the way it’s done.”

Many say the timing and nature of Comey’s firing are suspect. Many more reflect on the unfair, bitter end to an otherwise distinguished career in government, it seems the crisis for Comey began when he stepped outside his rightful role at the FBI and into the fire storm that was the 2016 election.

That was the moment where Comey should have been let go. But it was left up to Trump to deal with it and make the decision – one that MANY Democrats wanted but now decry, and one that Hillary might have done on day one, and so…. here we are again: Accusing, divisive, inefficient politics as usual.

The glaring appearance of Trump eliminating his accuser on the Russia investigation will be fodder for the “D’s” for some some time, but if people let the facts come out, watch the quality of a replacement, see the final results in all this mess, we trust that the confidence in the rule of law, the process of justice will be reestablished and ultimately prevail.

I find it mildly amusing that Dems refuse to recognize the president’s ability and right to change his mind with updated facts, but can’t see their own shift and stutter from one irrational position to another, thinking their latest rant is the only possible position to ever be taken on their behalf.

Through the turbulent storm of Trump’s reign, possibly and hopefully the end game will show that American is great again, law and order has been restored, and we can move the country forward with a better economy, a safer country, and an equality in the application of justice for all; politician and citizen alike.

PS – I find it all so interesting and telling that since Nov, 2016, everything of question has become a constitutional crises. Where were these historical geniuses during the last 8 years?

RB

Ron Boat warns Obama made Socialism fashionable

If you didn’t see the Socialist leanings of B Hussein O in the last 8 years…. you must have been living out of the country.

His association with Frank Marshall Davis – a literal, card-carrying member of Communist Party USA – his redistribution agendas, his early life involvements with a far left political concepts of the SDS (Students for a Democratic Society) and the New Party of Chicago all bear testament to his anti-American, pro-socialistic/ communistic mind set.

We see the growth of this anti-American movement with California’s decision to allow open Communists to work within the state government. And we all know Jerry Moonbeam’s socialist leanings in his state imposed policies.

We see this openness in the current election of Jackson MI with candidate, Chokwe Antar Lumumba. A radical leftist running as a Democrat but an openly presented member of the Freedom Road Socialist Organization,  a US Marxist-Leninist group.

These groups always propose they are “for the people”, “movement of the people”, for “social justice and betterment” and yet when the layers are torn apart… their socialist agenda stands strong and bold. The real problem? Many citizens are so stupid they don’t recognize the persuasiveness of their methods only see the “good stuff” they’re supposed to get through the new association.

WAKE UP America… the roots of socialism, communism, fascism and tyranny are growing into a giant oak that will one day shade the freedom of our country with leaves of control and destruction.

 

RB

Ron Boat sees the country getting taken for a ride

Let’s face it….. THIS is what you get when you’re groomed to be president of the US and then leader of the world: $3,000,000 for one speech at a $20,000 a night hotel.

And remember… we still pay him $200,000+ in pension and another $200,000 in expenses. NOTE: Congress proposed a law that would take back dollar for dollar what an ex-prez earns above $400K…… But Barry vetoed it.
To quote a great black American philosopher who was also a liberal progressive fascist president….
“I mean, I do think at a certain point you’ve made enough money.”
                                       ~B Hussein Obama [ April 2010 ]
I think that’s something I could get behind.
The Clinton’s must be really pissed, and for me… I can’t imagine any person worth 3 mill for a speech. But… some people have more money than brains. (Just look at congress)
RB

Ron Boat is Miffed, Pissed & Waiting

I’ve generally been known as an easy going, fun loving, accepting and understanding guy. I try not to get overly passionate about worrying over many things as there’s generally nothing you can do and it’s easier to be aware and go along with the flow until something is really an emergency.

But I’m reaching that point where it’s time that our government’s representatives and senators and other leaders really took our lives seriously and did their job.

I could have added disappointed to the title above but to be be disappointed you have to have expectations and I’ve given up expecting anything efficient or positive from these people – only hoping that I might be surprised.

For eight years they sit whining about BarryCare and then when the time comes, they can’t pass a great replacement putting it off from a first attempt to last week.  Another half-hearted attempt at leading with a slim vote of 217 – 213. Even 20 Republicans didn’t go along and of course for pretty much partisan reasons, 100% of the Dimms didn’t.

You’d think people would come together to lead with the best interest of the public in mind but instead lean on party ideology to rule their actions.

I guess the overall process of the government has become tainted to most Americans as we see little being done, no responsibility for inaction, no rhyme or reason for their thinking other than personal or party selfishness, no long term plan, only wasted time spent on things that should be more obviously addressed.

I know that President Trump is no Savior, no Messiah come from the hills to save us from our political plight, and yet, at least he’s trying to get things done, move forward and make a difference. He’s taking action and unfortunately is lacking the support of even his own party.

There’s too much wishy washy going on. Paul Ryan is a joke. He rallies against Trump during the election, He supports then backs off then winds up leading the charge for new healthcare. I’m not sure where he stands on things and I never trust people that smile too much.

We need serious people that care about their job, think and make a difference – not sit around collecting nice paychecks, retirement options and benefits. Congress was never meant to be a career or pathway to riches. But it’s happening at our expensive expense.

So, this is my rant for this week as I consider the direction of this country and the real, truthful efforts being made on our behalf by those who wear the pins. We wasting time when we could be making progress in many areas of technology, medicine, our economy and life long pursuits.

Until I see real progress from Congress, till I see real work and dedication to their chosen “career”, I’ll just remain miffed, pissed and waiting.

 

RB

The Producer Reproducer Ratio

Math – for many, mere mention of the subject sends chills down the spine. However, in the case of the Producer Reproducer Ratio, it isn’t the math that’s scary – it’s the implications.

The Producer Reproducer Ratio or, PRR, is a concept I came up with a few years ago in an effort to explain a point to a friend regarding the economics of childrearing. I derived the notion from my mother’s oft repeated comment in which she said “The nine months it takes to get ‘em here is easy, it’s the eighteen years it takes to raise ‘em that’s hard.” Having had six children of her own, I consider her a bit of an authority on the subject.

The PRR explains a fundamental concept of the economics of childrearing by converting my mother’s wisdom into a social mathematical principle. Every human being requires a certain amount of resources (food, clothing, shelter, medical care, etc.) during his or her lifetime. It is the responsibility of parents to provide these resources for their child until such time as that person can provide for himself or herself. The problem, of course, is that many people who are biologically capable of reproducing are unable or unwilling to produce the resources the child requires, thus shifting that burden to someone else.

Now comes the math (try not to panic): say a set of parents reproduces (R) one child (R = 1) and the parents are required to produce (P) the total amount of resources that one child requires for the first 18 years of life (P = 1). As long as the parents produce the necessary amount of resources for that child, P = R or, expressed as a ratio, 1:1. And that’s the way it works in most families. However, problems arise for instance, when the parents only produce half the resources the child needs, resulting in a change in the ratio to 0.5:1. In this case, someone other than the parents must provide the remaining resources. Occasionally, these parents are able to turn to other family members or friends but, all too often, the burden of making up the shortfall is passed along to the taxpayers.

Consider a more extreme example: say a set of parents has three children (R = 3) with the means or motivation to provide for only one of them (P =1) resulting in a PRR of 1:3. The bigger the R, the bigger the problem. As long as P = R, no shortage of necessary resources exists – parents are pulling their weight and properly providing for their children. When R exceeds P, shortages of resources arise and either the parents receive help from outside sources or the child goes lacking.

An alarming trend in our society is the growing rate at which R is exceeding P. Too many parents, usually young, poorly educated, often unmarried and ill-equipped to alter their own life circumstances, are having children with little or no regard for the provision of their most basic needs. Most assume the state will provide for their children. And why wouldn’t they assume such given the acculturation of entitlement to which so many of today’s young people have been exposed?

The PRR may remind us of a dull, dry, uninteresting mathematical formula we were required to learn in high school only to selectively forget the minute we graduated. In truth, it is a numerical reflection of an alarming social trend plaguing modern America. The choice to have a child is the most monumental decision a person can make in his or her lifetime. Regrettably, the biology of reproduction is all too often unaccompanied by the motivation for resource production. No decent person wants to see a child go lacking the essentials of everyday life. We recognize, after all, that the child isn’t at fault. However, by continuing to send the message that it’s okay to have children without consideration of, or provision for, their needs, we merely encourage the behavior.

Further, those who so flippantly disregard the daily needs of their children often fall far short in other areas of effective parenting as well. For the sake of the children, it is important to send the message that having them is acceptable only in the context of being prepared to properly care for them. Merely loving a child isn’t enough. Being a good parent is hard and, from time to time, even requires learning a little math beginning with the Producer Reproducer Ratio.

What You Don’t Know About America’s Health Care System Can Hurt You

As a physician practicing full-time emergency medicine, I’ve spent thousands of hours treating patients in an acute care setting. During that time, I’ve seen America’s health care system at its best – lives saved, diseases cured, health restored. The daily contribution by our health care system towards the reduction of human pain and suffering is incalculable. American health care is unparalleled in the developed world and, without doubt, if a person is sick or injured, America is the place to be.

Regrettably, however, America’s health care system has a dark side as well – one populated by those who abuse themselves by abusing street drugs, alcohol, or prescription pain medications, those who chronically make poor lifestyle choices, and those who are generally out to beat the system. This dark side of America’s health care system is a side that, as a health care provider, I know all too well, yet, ominously, it’s a side many Americans don’t even know exists. Nevertheless, whether one is aware of this dark side of American health care or not, it’s a side that can hurt us all.

Average Americans are actually very decent people – hardworking, dependable, responsible, compassionate, charitable, and concerned about their fellow citizens. Further, the average American isn’t a substance abuser, doesn’t consistently make poor lifestyle choices, and isn’t out to get something for nothing. In fact, such activities are so typically foreign to them as to be beyond their awareness and even comprehension. Therefore, it often comes as a surprise to many of these average Americans when I recount the myriad stories of waste, fraud, and abuse I witness daily in the emergency room.

For instance, not so long ago, I treated a middle-aged woman who presented to the emergency room with a complaint of low back pain. The patient was well known to the ER staff, having been to that particular emergency room 43 times that year alone, of course, all at taxpayer expense. Her story was that someone had stolen her pain medication which she needed for a chronic back problem. Typical of this common scenario, the patient stated she hadn’t been able to see her doctor for a refill. When I asked her to describe the nature of her back problem, she couldn’t. When I asked what her MRI had shown, she explained that she’d never had one – the reason being that she missed her appointment. When I told her I would like to speak to her doctor, she proceeded to tell me she had recently stopped seeing her previous doctor and was in the process of finding a new one but hadn’t gotten around to it yet. Needless to say, I declined to write her a prescription for her pain medication after which she called me a few choice names of the four-letter variety.

The same night, another middle-aged woman arrived via ambulance to the emergency room. She was complaining of chest pain. It was her seventh ambulance transport to the ER that month – seventh – each time complaining of chest pain. Each time her cardiac workup was negative, yet, each time her urine drug screen was positive for cocaine. Though she had a healthy heart, the stimulant effect of the cocaine induced heart strain which resulted in significant pain and discomfort. Nevertheless, we were bound to perform a complete cardiac workup – the seventh that month – to the tune of many thousands of dollars, again, of course, at taxpayer expense.

Frustratingly, the above stories are so commonplace in emergency rooms across the country that they’ve essentially become clichés barely raising the eyebrows of health care providers. In fact, the problem is so extensive that few believe anything can be done to correct it. The waste, fraud, and abuse plaguing America’s emergencies rooms, a problem I’ve spoken about often and written about in the past, is costing productive Americans billions of dollars annually. I’ve long believed that if a portion of those wasted funds could be recouped by the government, Uncle Sam could afford to purchase private insurance coverage for every man, woman, and child in America.

And, yet, nothing is being done. Why? Several reasons. First, those who draw attention to the fact that certain patients abuse the health care system, particularly emergency rooms, are quickly labeled as uncompassionate. Further, medicine is a complex field and those with the expertise to suggest meaningful solutions to its many problems are generally outside the legislative process. In addition, with the ever-present threat of litigation hanging over its head, the health care industry is hesitant to even approach the subject of meaningful reform for fear of becoming mired in future lawsuits.

However, those concerns are no excuse for inaction. The health care reform America desperately needs is not in the form of socialized medicine but rather in legislation that promotes responsible utilization of our health care resources. In an emergency situation, in particular, inappropriate utilization of health care resources puts all Americans at risk. Imagine your mother, or husband, or best friend dying of a heart attack while awaiting the arrival of an ambulance that is delayed because it is being used to transport a crack addict to the hospital for the seventh time in a month. It’s time for Americans to get the word on what’s happening on the dark side of our health care system. After all, it’s what you don’t know about the American health care system that can hurt you.

Stop Blaming The Teachers

Since America’s earliest days, education has consistently ranked at or near the top of the list of priorities most important to its citizens. Americans, in general, regard education as the single most valuable contribution we can make to the betterment of our children’s lives and to the overall long term health of the nation. Every year, America invests billions of dollars in our educational system from the primary and secondary levels to the college and graduate levels and beyond. As a result, America consistently produces many of the brightest, most educated, and most capable children in the world who go on to reach great heights of educational and professional achievement and lead meaningful, productive lives.

But what about the other kids?

Regrettably, however, many of America’s children miss the boat educationally, so to speak, and, therefore, fall far short of their potential. Americans are so concerned about this lamentable situation that the subject is constantly in the minds and on the tongues of political leaders, media personalities, pundits of every sort, and average Joes gathered around the coffee pot every morning at work. Theories abound as to the cause of the dilemma – not enough money spent on education, too many kids in the classroom, lack of local control of education, etc., etc., etc. Unfortunately, some even blame the teachers. Undoubtedly, the cause is complex and multi-factorial, however, with this last theory, in particular, I heartily disagree.

It never ceases to amaze me when I hear stories of out of control children reeking havoc in America’s classrooms. Stories abound of kids bringing guns to school, or getting busted on campus with crack cocaine in their pockets, or incidents involving educators being physically assaulted at school by aggressive, criminally-minded teenagers. What amazes me even more, however, is that after all that, teachers continue to teach. Holding their students’ welfare above their own, many educators continue to run the daily gauntlet of student apathy, misconduct, and open aggression in an effort to reach as many of their students as possible and, in so doing, often put themselves at great risk of harm – both emotional and physical.

Of course, having been an observer of our educational system for many years, both internally and externally, not to mention the fact that one of my sisters is a teacher and that I have many friends in the teaching professions, I have my own theories. I don’t believe the problem lies in a failure to spend enough on education. I believe we spend plenty. In fact, educational expenditure is often a poor predictor of outcome as many developed nations around the world spend less money per student and, yet, have higher performance on standard educational assessments.

I believe, rather, that lack of local control of educational systems, too much government regulation, and too many children in the classroom are factors much more deleterious to educational success than the amount of money spent per child. An even greater problem, in my opinion, is diversion – which is to say, too many diversions. Children these days have so many diversions (cell phones, concerns about fashion, sexual aggressiveness among certain students, drugs, peer pressure, etc.) that it isn’t at all difficult to understand their lack of focus on education.

Several years ago, I participated in a US-sponsored humanitarian relief mission in Nicaragua in which my unit built two schools and a clinic. Everyday at the work sites where the schools were being built, children from the local community gathered around and “played” school in the shade of the trees. They were so excited about having a school that they actually gathered there before the school was completed. They had few diversions – they were focused on the opportunity to go to school, so much so, that they pretended they were already in school before the schools even opened. That enthusiasm for education, I believe, is missing among many of America’s school-aged children and I believe the cause is too many diversions.

Nevertheless, whether I’m right or wrong on my theory of diversion, I’m convinced I’m right that teachers, in general, are not to blame when children fall short of their educational potential. In fact, I believe teachers are to be commended for continuing their struggles to overcome the diversions that distract children from their studies. Certainly, there is the occasional teacher that is subpar, but I believe that is the exception rather than the rule. It’s time to reaffirm our belief in, and support of, our teachers. They must know they have our confidence and our understanding. A teacher’s job is tough, especially these days with so many diversions competing for student’s attention. We need to help teachers and students alike by attempting to minimize the impact of these diversions so children can focus on their educations. And, most important of all, we need to stop blaming the teachers.

Ron Boat sees…… Insanity

When you consider the thoughts and actions of our founding fathers, you’re liable to see brilliance, genius, forethought, and the truest displays of patriotism ever assembled on Earth.  They were able to draw from experiences. imagination and education to develop our system of governance that would work, and work well for hundreds of years – even with all the changes in local and global economies, societies and political shifting.

This of course assumes that intelligence would rule as we go through our own societal changes and political fluctuations (or deviant deviations). Something we’ve seen plenty of lately.

And let’s face it. If we’re not seeing deviant insanity in our ruling bodies today, we never have or will. It’s running rampant and is so out of control, our country’s very existence was on the precipice this last November. The “out of the blue” win by Trump, while anticipated by some, was a total shock and awe of political war to the left who were celebrating their BIG WIN even while the last votes were coming in the early morning of Nov 9th.

I truly do not like looking at everything from a partisan view but would choose to consider things logically – reasonably – scrupulously – honestly – realistically. But these days it’s not possible, for you have to take into account – and counter – the insanity of 200% selfish, absurdly partisan, uninformed or misinformed and ignorant hacks who speak without any logic or honesty in their rhetoric against American citizens and their opponents.

For 8 years we saw the insanity of a president that, when a candidate, spoke harshly of Bush’s running up debt, then pursuing his own doubling of our national money commitment once in office. INSANE. We saw him introducing an acceptance and promotion of Muslim practices and ideals at a time we’re at war with radical Muslim forces. Unable even to name our enemy for fear of slandering his roots. INSANE.

We saw a degradation of our racial relationships and a further divide among our citizens because of B Hussein’s love of race as a weapon of society. INSANE. And we saw his hatred for our military and police through his actions of inserting himself into situations where presidential presence was not required, requested or warranted. INSANE.

We have elected leaders so stupid that they think islands are going to tip over or we have to pass a bill so we can know what’s in it because they didn’t even read it. Or a repeatedly elected representative that think’s she’s a freed slave and our constitution is 400 years old. And a sitting senator displays his stupid gene stating his constitution is different that our country’s. For the sake of disruption, liberals push scenarios of Russian intervention and invasion of our electoral system while offering no proof, no evidence of such, no reason or logical reason, when in fact Trump would be a much more powerful enemy than Clinton against them. INSANE INSANE INSANE! These people run our country, our lives.

The president has been in office barely 60 some days and even with a great SCOTUS pick and bringing back business, jobs, consumer confidence and investments into the country, some are already calling for impeachment. Think they have a right after what we put up with for 8 years?

We lived under the lawlessness of “social justice” for 8 years seeing over 80,000 criminals released early from their imposed sentences and a president that was ruled against for his unconstitutional actions regarding immigration – even though he allowed hundreds of thousands to cross our insecure borders unvetted and unfettered from who knows where. INSANE.

Obama pressed his “openness” and “accepting,” and yes, even “controlling” mindset by pushing for shared restrooms – while forsaking societal norms and reason. A new presence in the oval office has brought sanity back to our culture.

Trump is no Messiah. No savior of our nation in any religious sense. But for the good of the country, we trust that a business approach to our spending and revenue will produce a more stable, a more secure, and more responsive economic mood and growth. We’ve seen him reduce costs of government aircraft and is working to reduce drug costs – all things normal business people do while politicians shuffle other people’s money while seeking personal benefit. That’s INSANE.

Our recent election was, contrary to liberal desires, a change of direction, a return to reason, to law, to truthful governance and sanity. And hopefully a positive, blossoming fruitful season of prosperity vs poverty, true security vs socialism, sanity vs progressiveness.

RB

The $10 Aspirin

Why do hospitals charge 10 bucks for an aspirin? If you’ve ever been a patient in a hospital, you’ve probably asked yourself that very question after reviewing your bill. And it’s a valid question. After all, if you can buy a bottle of aspirin at the drug store for pennies per pill, why, then, does a hospital find it necessary to charge 10 dollars for one? Is it a rip-off, a scam perpetrated on ill and vulnerable patients by heartless hospital administrators bent on making a profit regardless of the economic hardship thrust upon individual patients and society at large? Hardly. As angry as you might be at the notion of a hospital charging $10 for an aspirin, the reason they do so will truly make your blood boil.

Hospitals determine what to charge for an aspirin through a process called “cost accounting.” It’s a complex process that “accounts” for, or assigns, costs to the myriad steps involved in getting an aspirin from the manufacturer to your blood stream. First of all, the hospital must purchase the aspirin – likely a nominal cost in itself due to the hospital’s bulk purchasing power. But, then, a worker in the receiving department or pharmacy must unpack the aspirin (bottle) and store it in the proper place within the pharmacy. When an order comes in for an aspirin, a pharmacist or pharmacy technician must retrieve the aspirin and forward it on to the patient’s floor (some hospitals have a medication storage device on the wards from which nurses can retrieve medicines directly but these still must be stocked by a pharmacist or pharmacy tech).

Eventually, a nurse obtains the aspirin and gives it to the patient. She or he must then catalogue the act of dispensing the medicine in order to establish a record or “paper trail” of the act itself. From time to time, other hospital personnel review patient charts in order to confirm that the appropriate medicines were, in fact, dispensed. As mentioned above, the act of giving a patient an aspirin (or any other medicine for that matter) is a complex process with associated costs beginning with its purchase and extending even beyond the point at which the patient swallows the pill. As many as ten people, or more, are often involved in what otherwise seems to be a rather simple process. All these costs must be met and all these people must be paid (including hospital overhead such as utilities, supplies, maintenance and repairs, new equipment purchases, etc.).

Nevertheless, although the apparently simple act of giving an aspirin to a patient is, in fact, a complex and expensive process, it still only “accounts” for less than half the total cost of the aspirin – say $3 or $4 of the total $10 cost. So, from whence do the additional charges arise? Yep, you guessed it – from those patients who ultimately don’t pay their bills. There are, as the old saying goes, “no free lunches.” Someone has to pay those unpaid bills. These costs are spread among other charges within the hospital, such as the $10 aspirin. So, in truth, it isn’t the hospital’s fault for an aspirin costing $10 but, rather, those patients who cannot, or simply choose not, to pay their bills.

A substantial percentage of these non-pay patients are seen in America’s emergency rooms. In fact, unpaid bills arising from the emergency room are often a hospital’s largest annual unpaid expense. And hospitals across America are struggling under the economic strain caused by non-pay patients inappropriately utilizing emergency rooms for non-emergency conditions such as colds, insomnia, or chronic aches and pains, and medication refills. Such non-emergency conditions should be handled at the patient’s doctor’s office. But visiting a doctor at his/her office often means paying a nominal co-pay. Why would a patient do that when they can just go to the emergency room for “free?”

In this age of “healthcare reform,” the regrettable truth is that the government has missed (or chosen to ignore) a key point in the overall problem of rising health care costs – that inappropriate utilization of health care resources by those having no intention whatsoever of paying for them is a major factor driving the rise in health care costs. Until these individuals are forced to assume financial responsibility for their own health care needs, productive Americans will continue to bear the burden of these costs.

Why do politicians continue to ignore this obvious and egregious problem? Because it is politically uncomfortable for them. Most politicians are concerned, first and foremost, about their re-election. Therefore, they don’t want to risk alienating part of their constituency by supporting measures that would require these patients to become responsible consumers of health care resources like the rest of us. Until these politicians alter their focus and become true leaders, we can expect to continue paying $10 for an aspirin.

The Two Great Failures Of The Legislative Branch

In a supreme act of both insight and foresight, America’s Founding Fathers established the greatest system of government the world has ever known – bar none. From its most humble beginnings, our American republic has become what President Reagan famously called a “shining city on a hill,” and is considered the benchmark of self-government the world over. The sometimes delicate, sometimes rugged system of checks and balances they created has withstood countless challenges from economic catastrophes to social upheavals to presidential assassinations to world wars and, rather than being diminished, has each time emerged stronger.

Nevertheless, in spite of our government’s obvious strengths, each branch possesses certain flaws that reduce its overall effectiveness. Of the three branches of our republican system of government – legislative, executive, and judicial – it is the legislature that suffers the greatest of these flaws. In fact, at least two such flaws – the lack of term limits for its members and the ability to attach myriad unrelated pieces of legislation to important bills – are so profound they actually constitute failures of the branch itself.

Though he was beloved by millions of Americans, elected officials saw President Roosevelt’s repeated election to the presidency (he was elected four times, dying in office shortly after beginning his fourth term) as a threat to democracy itself. As a result, the 22nd Amendment to the Constitution, ratified February 27, 1951, limited to two the number of terms any person may serve as president. Curiously, these same legislators (and most legislators since) failed to apply the same logic to their own offices.

Congress and the many state legislatures across America are filled with people who’ve served multiple terms – some for 20 or 30 years or even longer. This is actually anti-democratic on at least two levels. First, the longer these people serve, the less likely other qualified candidates are to run against them. The result is a diminishment of democracy itself as voters ultimately experience less choice in government. This situation serves well the elected official, but not the electorate. Democracy is further damaged by the tremendous influence long-serving politicians accumulate through relationships with various individuals and special interest groups developed during their tenure. The old saying, “Power corrupts and absolute power corrupts absolutely,” applies in these situations as such influence often leaves politicians unaccountable to the voters.

Otto von Bismarck is attributed (possibly erroneously) with the saying, “Laws are like sausages, it is better not to see them being made.” Whether the German statesman actually made that famous quote or not, the message is clear – legislating is a dirty business. However, it isn’t the act of debating the merits of a particular piece of legislation that is so dirty but, rather, the back room deals, the whispers in the hallways, the winks and the nods that are so offensive to the notion of representative democracy – a.k.a., a republic. It is these seedy, underhanded dealings, which many elected officials consider a matter of course, that are an affront to American voters who put their faith in the electoral process and representative government. These acts are, in fact, anathema to “government of the people, by the people, for the people.”

A by-product of long-serving politicians is the strangle hold that certain of these people have on the chairmanships of important legislative committees such as appropriations. No single person should hold these seats year after year after year. The result is a concentration of power that leaves other legislators (and, therefore, other regions of the country) beholden to the whims and wishes of the chairman.

Even worse, however, than the unfair concentration of power and influence resulting from the lack of term limits is the utter catastrophe of representative government that stems from the legislature’s ability to attach completely unrelated provisions to important pieces of legislation. In fact, this legislative tactic constitutes the greatest single weakness of the entire legislative process in that, rather than risk failure of important legislation, legislators will accept nearly any attachment regardless of how esoteric or irrelevant in an effort to gain passage of the larger bill. Through this means, representatives and senators succeed in funding countless pork barrel projects designed to assure their re-election. And, of course, it’s all at taxpayer expense.

Instituting term limits and curtailing the attachment of irrelevant legislation to important bills in the House and Senate would do much to restore faith in our system of government by enhancing its equitableness and cost effectiveness. However, regrettably for the American electorate, legislators benefit far too much to correct these two great failures of the legislative branch.

Nation Of Americans, Not Immigrants

It’s one of the liberal national media’s most beloved and oft repeated phrases – “We are a nation of immigrants.”

Well, sorry to let the cat out of the bag but, actually, no we’re not. We are a nation of Americans. Of course, it’s true there are a lot of first-generation immigrants here, however, don’t be fooled by repetitive liberal rhetoric designed to indoctrinate you into their way of thinking – the number of bona fide, non-immigrant Americans far exceeds the number of those newly arrived on our shores.

To test my point, perform a little experiment – first of all, think about yourself and your own family and ask yourself these simple questions: “Was I born here?” If the answer is “Yes,” then you’re not an immigrant. Next, ask: “Were my parents born here?” If the answer to that question is also “Yes,” then your parents aren’t immigrants either. For me, I can ask that question sequentially of my ancestors with the answer being “Yes” at least eight times which is as far back as my family has ancestry records. The point is that I’m not an immigrant, nor are my parents, nor my grandparents, nor my great-grandparents, nor my great-great-grandparents, nor, well, you get the picture.

Now, to further test my point, consider your friends and co-workers – were they born here? Chances are the answer is “Yes.” And chances are their parents were born here as were their grandparents as were their great-grandparents as were, well, again, you get the picture.

In fact, the total number of true first-generation immigrants in America today isn’t even close to the total number of bona fide, non-immigrant, multi-generational Americans living in this country. So why does the liberal media persist in attempting to convince us that we are a “nation of immigrants?” Lots of reasons.

The most important reason is political – the Democratic Party holds itself out to be the “party of the immigrant.” Stories of Tammany Hall operatives standing on the docks of New York harbor in the 1800s and early 1900s encouraging, and even coercing, Irish-immigrants as they exited the boats to “vote democratic” are legendary. Immigrants have long served as a source of new voters for the Democratic Party. The liberal Left, long the mouth-piece of the Democratic Party, continues to promote the “party of the immigrant” notion through its pro-immigrant rhetoric. But truth is, the Democratic Party doesn’t so much love immigrants as it loves their votes.

Another lesser reason for the liberal Left’s persistent pet phrase is political correctness – in stating openly and repeatedly that we are a “nation of immigrants,” the Left is attempting to create a sense of acceptance of immigrants (especially illegal ones), thus diffusing many of the practical issues concerning immigration including, most importantly, illegal immigration. By repeating the phrase over and over and over, the Left is attempting, through the power of suggestion and conditioning, to induce the average American to over-identify with immigrants, thus becoming lulled into a sense of complacency about immigration issues.

Now, it’s important for the reader to understand that I am not a xenophobe – I don’t have anything personally against any “legal” immigrant. For those immigrants who come to this country legally, work hard, and play by America’s rules, I say, “Good luck and more power to you.” It’s also important for the reader to understand, however, that I believe “illegal” immigration in this country is more than just a problem, it’s an outright calamity. Further, because I’ve long dismissed “political correctness” as a bogus liberal ideological construct, I’ve never been afraid to recognize illegal immigration for what it is – a dangerous influence in our society.

Of course, those of a liberal mindset would attempt to dismiss my views on immigration issues as unfounded except, of course, for the fact that I understand immigrants and immigration better than most – you see, there were and are first-generation immigrants in my own family. Though he died tragically in a motorcycle accident in 1981, a former brother-in-law of mine was born in Mexico, given up for adoption, and raised in the United States. Before his death, he and my middle sister had three children – he was a favorite of my family, adored then and missed now. I have another brother-in-law, alive and well, who immigrated to America from Pakistan in the early 1980s. He and my youngest sister married not long after his arrival and they also have three children. He, too, has been a favorite of my family for many, many years.

The difference, of course, is that my brothers-in-law played/play by the rules – they were/are proud of their heritage but were/are more proud of being Americans. They came here legally, embraced American values, worked hard, and didn’t wear their immigrant status on their sleeves, waving it as a banner under the noses of those Americans like me and most of you who were born here.

So, the next time you hear someone on the Left attempt to indoctrinate you by saying, “We are a nation of immigrants,” say to yourself and those around you, “Hardly,” and recognize the truth that, even though there are many immigrants here, we are actually a “nation of Americans.”

The Oxymoron Libertarian Socialist

The political philosophy known as libertarian socialism has always been a subject of intrigue for me. Libertarian socialism, also known as left-libertarianism, is defined as a group of anti-authoritarian political philosophies inside the socialist movement that rejects socialism as centralized state ownership and control of the economy, as well as the state itself.  I am amused that the socialist movement would attach themselves to any form of libertarianism whatsoever. Libertarianism and socialism are antithetical political philosophies.. Libertarianism promotes freedom, choice, and individualism, while socialism nurtures intrusive government, servitude, and slavery. While these two doctrines are in direct opposition of each other, libertarian socialism is a separate entity.

Advocates of libertarian socialism strongly believe that capitalism cripples freedom. In their minds, power and privilege for the wealthy are offshoots of capitalism. Libertarian socialists endorse the abolition of private property and the state, which directly contrasts with the separate ideologies of libertarianism and socialism. Libertarians support the rights of private property, since it is an extension of self ownership. Socialists, however, thrive on state ownership to enforce what they perceive as equality. The stark disparity between libertarianism and socialism makes it impossible to combine these ideologies in any way.

Libertarianism socialism has frequently been linked to anarchism, although the validity of these claims is debatable. While each of these philosophies oppose big government, anarchism stems from capitalistic roots, not socialistic ones. Anarchism is the absence of all government. Libertarian socialists claim to oppose the government, yet rely on it to halt the production of private property. Libertarian socialism is the ultimate oxymoron. No matter what spin you put on the matter, you cannot be a libertarian and a socialist. The positions are too far apart on the spectrum. In this particular situation, the horseshoe theory does not apply.

Written by: Gabrielle Seunagal

Gabrielle Seunagal is a young, outspoken conservative woman.  Passionate about politics and currently residing in Alpharetta, Georgia, Gabrielle is a Republitarian/Constitutionalist Red Nation Rising Contributor and writes editorial/opinion articles.  On Twitter she is @ClassySnobb

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A Wall That Mends

In his famous poem, “Mending Wall,” Robert Frost’s neighbor says to the poet during their annual ritual of rebuilding the stone wall between their property, “Good fences make good neighbors.” Most people agree that walls are good for neighbors, but when it comes to nations, some are sitting on the proverbial “fence.”

The recent debate regarding the value of building a fence along the border between the United States and Mexico provides an example of this dilemma. Some argue that the wall is a necessary first step toward stemming the flow of illegal aliens flooding across our southern border while others contend a fence is unnecessary and “sends the wrong message.”

As for me, I hold with those who support building the fence. Here’s why: First of all, although we are a nation of immigrants, we are, much more importantly a nation of laws. Illegal immigrants, and those who support them, completely ignore our laws. Existing U.S. immigration legislation provides a mechanism for legal immigration into this country. However, because abiding by these laws requires time and effort, illegal aliens choose to ignore them.

Secondly, illegal immigration could potentially jeopardize our national security, thus placing every American at risk. It’s no secret that members of various terrorist organizations have declared war on America. As security at airports and seaports around the country increases, these terrorists will undoubtedly seek other routes of entry into the U.S. Our largely unprotected southern border will eventually become, if it hasn’t already, a logical entry point.

Thirdly, contrary to popular belief, our economy suffers in myriad ways as a result of illegal immigration. To begin with, the vast majority of illegals don’t pay taxes on their income, thus significantly reducing government revenues. The burden of this lost revenue is shouldered by taxpaying-Americans in the form of higher income taxes. Furthermore, since illegal aliens send home most of the money they earn in the U.S., billions of dollars are being removed from our economy annually. Additionally, the influx of low-skilled workers overly expands the available workforce, thus eliminating the incentive for employers to increase the minimum wage and reducing the earning potential of young and/or low-skilled American workers.

Finally, the sheer number of illegal aliens overburdens our infrastructure and drains our resources, especially regarding health care. For every dollar that illegal immigrants put into the U.S. economy, many more dollars are taken out.

Recently, in an effort to cast their argument in a more favorable light, advocates of illegal immigration have referred to President Reagan’s famous Berlin Wall speech in which he admonished Soviet President Gorbachev to “tear down this wall.” The point they sorely miss is that the Berlin Wall was built to keep people in, not out. The opposite would be true of America’s wall – it would be built to protect, not oppress.

Good neighbors may need good fences, but good nations shouldn’t. Unfortunately, in their refusal to do anything to stop their citizens from illegally entering our country, our neighbors to the south have demonstrated they have no intention of being good. Hopefully, our wall will send a clear message – that immigrants must respect our laws and enter our country legally. Only then will our wall be seen as a wall that mends, rather than divides.

Ron Boat & Andrew Nagorski go Nazi Hunting…. Trip 2

In the course of my work I’m fortunate to interact with some fabulous people. One such a person – Andrew Nagorski. One of the most fascinating people I’ve talked with. [You can read his more complete bio is HERE.]

Andrew Nagorski is an award-winning journalist and author who spent more than three decades as a foreign correspondent and editor for Newsweek.

He has served as senior editor for Newsweek International, launched Newsweek Arabic in 2000; Newsweek Polska, in 2001; Newsweek Russia in 2004; and Newsweek Argentina in 2006. Nagorski has been honored three times by the Overseas Press Club for his reporting.

He was Newsweek’s Berlin bureau chief from 1996 to 1999,  Warsaw bureau chief from 1990 to 1994, and served two tours as Newsweek’s Moscow bureau chief.  From 1978 to 1980, Nagorski was the Hong Kong-based Asian regional editor for Newsweek International and then as Hong Kong Bureau Chief.

We talked about his exciting background as well as about his most recent book, “The Nazi Hunters,” a detailed account of the worldwide search for those who tortured, maimed and massacred in the name of the German Fatherland. You’ll find his book here on Amazon.

This is part two on our interview journey. (Part 1 is HERE)

RB – In your years of writing overseas for Newsweek, did situations of intrigue, danger and history make you a better writer, allowing a better story when in such precarious situations than a guy that shows up, asks questions and goes home?

AN – I think it has to. Once you go through an experience like that, you want to be able to describe it in detail not just some humdrum story that limits itself to “ok, I interviewed this guy and this is what that person said.” How you got the story becomes part of the story. You have to become more adept at writing the description and narrative.

In my latest book, “The Nazi Hunters” when I would go to someone’s house and talk with them, I wanted to describe the scene and that person’s emotions, not just what he or she did. You want to put the reader in the situation, allowing the reader to feel what you felt.

RB – In that most recent book, you extensively researched the efforts of those seeking to find and bring to justice those who committed some of the most heinous atrocities in human history. Do you feel a personal attachment or commitment to documenting such stories?

AN – You can’t help but feel such a commitment when people confide such stories. When I was in Poland in 1995, for instance, we decided to do a Newsweek cover story about the 50th anniversary of the liberation of Auschwitz. I tried to find every survivor I could to tell the story of the last 6 months of the camp. So I went all around Europe finding survivors. You don’t sit down with scripted questions in such situations since I found that the survivors usually poured out the stories of what happened. And there are always personal experiences and stories you’ve never heard. You can’t help but be affected by those stories.

One such untold story was about the Israeli Mossad’s effort to kidnap Adolf Eichmann from Argentina, and then fly him to Israel for trial. But El Al had no regular flights between Argentina and Israel. A special flight was planned but what if that didn’t work? Plan B was to bring him by ship to Israel and the only ships available were cargo ships that brought Argentine kosher beef there. In the end, they got Eichmann out on the special flight. But if that hadn’t worked, he could have been smuggled on an Israeli ship carrying kosher beef. Some irony.

RB – With your books’ more specific subjects, is your background Jewish?

AN – I was born into a Polish Catholic family and raised as a Catholic. I don’t think you need to be Jewish to have an interest in the Holocaust and World War II. What happened in that era has much broader ramifications about human behavior, demonstrating that people are capable of both good and evil. It is hard for anyone of us who did not live in such a dangerous period to imagine what people went through—much less to know how we would have behaved under similar circumstances. But we should try to understand those circumstances as much as possible, and I hope my books help readers do that.

RB – We’ve worked several times for the Holocaust Memorial Museum in DC. In doing those projects, we see such an intense passion, a need to carry the torch of historical remembrance ingrained in that segment of society. It seems at times to be an overwhelming memory instilled in every man, woman and child. Does the history of that era ever diminish, or is it necessary to honor those who sacrificed so much and to prevent its re-occurrence? Is it tough to write about such human carnage?

AN – You owe it to the victims not to forget them and just write off their fate as a normal consequence of war. There also has to be some lesson learned from our recent history. The Nuremberg and other trials after the war offered one such clear lesson: it is never acceptable to excuse mass murder and atrocities by saying, as almost all the Nazis did, that they were just following orders. We are all responsible for our actions.

RB – And it’s not just the physical impact but the mental anguish for generations…

AN – …Yes, but there’s even more anguish if these stories are bottled up and forgotten. When I interviewed the Auschwitz survivors, I would tell them that if we touched on any part that was too, painful, we could stop the interview at any time. After telling me his life story in great detail, one survivor said:  “I never told anyone any of this because no one in my family was interested.” I was stunned. Many people kept things bottled up for decades and the younger generation was so concerned with their own lives that they never asked about grandpa’s situation.

RB – Most people never find themselves on the world stage of events. In your time covering Europe and beyond, did you have the feeling of being a part of a greater involvement – an inside view of something important? Or is your thinking just directed to meeting the people, getting the story, finding the facts and presenting the events in order to engage others more than yourself?

AN – I don’t want to overstate my role as an observer but I do feel there were times I was very fortunate to have the chance to witness history in the making and to report on it. I was lucky to be in certain situations where I could relate a story with meaning and realism. I felt that with the Solidarity movement, for example, I was able to tell the story and thereby perhaps contribute a bit to their effort to gain their freedom.

RB – When you look at your experiences and travels with intrigue and danger etc., what was the most fun you ever had?

AN – That’s a good question. Maybe interviewing Boris Becker or traveling with Pope John Paul II, who of course was Polish. He did not give formal press conferences, but on trips on his chartered Alitalia plane where he and his entourage were in the front and the international press corps would be in the back. He’d wander down the aisle and everybody would get to ask one question and it was fascinating. He was so multilingual that the international reporters would ask a question and he would usually respond in the language of the reporter. It was amazing to watch. I could ask my questions in Polish, and I felt I was giving him a bit of a break when I did so.

In the 80’s during the Reagan years, during the arms buildup, I got to take a flight in an F-16 trainer after they crammed weeks of safety drills into 45 minutes. During the flight, I really came to understand the concept of g-forces in a very direct way. I managed to avoid getting sick—but just barely. I also got to drive an M-1 tank, that was really fun – sort of like driving a large motorcycle. Those were incredible experiences that allowed me to get some feel of what others do on a daily basis. You come away with real respect for the men and women in our armed forces.

RB – Seeing the leader of a worldwide church, which isn’t totally a political position, have you seen a shift with the current Pope – do you see a difference with his political involvements?

AN – Of course there are always personal agendas and backgrounds, Pope John Paul was the first non-Italian Pope elected in 453 years and some thought he was too focused on Poland. Pope Francis, who is from Argentina, has a different mindset. Some of the issues in Latin America, such as economic and social inequalities, loom larger in his thinking. While John Paul was often critical of capitalism as well as communism, Pope Francis often sounds more strident in his critiques of Western societies.

RB – As a conclusion, and based on your view of history and bringing your book, The Nazi Hunters into the discussion, are there any comparisons to be made between Nazism and modern day ISIS, their methods and execution of their long-term plan?

AN – I think the difference is that ISIS is not a state, not organized in the same way as Nazi Germany. But in terms of their ruthlessness and willingness to go to extremes, yes there are parallels. It is worth remembering that when Hitler was rising to power he was saying things that seemed so extreme that people would rationalize that he can’t really mean it. They assumed he was not going to try to eliminate all the Jews and eliminate political opposition, and that once in office he’d become more moderate. So there may be a lesson there.  When ISIS says they are going to eliminate Israel then you need to take them seriously and not believe they don’t mean it.  They think in totally different terms than most of us and for them there are no boundaries; they are operating outside anything we consider to be a normal mindset.


My thanks to Andrew for his friendship and taking an extra amount of time to talk about an extraordinary life filled with adventure, history and intrigue.

In pursuit of good reading from quality research, I’m confident you would enjoy the view of history from Andrew Nagorski. A real-life review from the ground where it all happened.

 

Those who cannot remember the past are condemned to repeat it.

George Santayana, 1863-1952 / The Life of Reason: The Phases of Human Progress  (Cir. 1905)

RB

Ron Boat & Andrew Nagorski go Nazi Hunting…. Trip 1

In the course of my work I’m fortunate to meet, and work with, some fabulous people. Interesting people with diverse backgrounds, lives of accomplishment, even intrigue. Over the last couple of years I’ve had the chance to interact with such a person – Andrew Nagorski. One of the most fascinating people I’ve ever talked with. [You can read his more complete bio is HERE.]

In light of today’s ongoing journalistic fiasco with the media, I present this interview, as it shows what takes place in the process of reporting world events, and the lengths that a good reporter will go to in order to get a true, in-depth and honest story for his readers.

Andrew Nagorski is an award-winning journalist and author who spent more than three decades as a foreign correspondent and editor for Newsweek.

From January 2000 to July 2008, Nagorski served as senior editor for Newsweek International, handling the editorial cooperation between the parent magazine and its expanding network of foreign language editions, launched during his tenure. Newsweek Arabic in 2000; Newsweek Polska, in 2001; Newsweek Russia in 2004; and Newsweek Argentina in 2006. Nagorski has been honored three times by the Overseas Press Club for his reporting.

He was Berlin bureau chief from 1996 to 1999, providing in-depth reporting about Germany. From Berlin, Nagorski also covered Central Europe, taking advantage of his long experience in the region and his knowledge of Polish, Russian, and German.

From 1990 to 1994, he served as Newsweek’s Warsaw bureau chief, and he served two tours as Newsweek’s Moscow bureau chief. In 1982, he gained international notoriety when the Soviet government, angry about his enterprising reporting, expelled him from the country. After spending the next two and a half years as Rome bureau chief, he became Bonn bureau chief.

From 1978 to 1980, Nagorski was the Hong Kong-based Asian regional editor for Newsweek International and then as Hong Kong Bureau Chief.

In 2009, Poland’s Foreign Minister Radoslaw Sikorski presented Nagorski with the newly created Bene Merito award for his reporting from Poland about the Solidarity movement in the 1980s. In 2011, Poland’s President Bronislaw Komorowski awarded him the Cavalry Cross for the same reason. In 2014, Poland’s former President and Solidarity leader Lech Walesa presented the “Lech Walesa Media Award” to Nagorski “for dedication to the cause of freedom and writing about Poland’s history and culture.”

In our discussions, I had an opportunity to delve into some background as well as talk about his most recent book, “The Nazi Hunters,” a detailed account of the worldwide search for those who tortured, maimed and massacred in the name of the German Fatherland. You’ll find his book here on Amazon.

This is the first of two parts on our interview journey.

RB – So many of us go to school, learn a trade or follow in family footsteps, finding a comfortable path of interest, but rarely do people venture out, following another route to more exciting careers. What motivated you to step out and take the course you did?

AN – First, for me it was part of what my father did. He was a risk taker, brought up in Poland, studied law and then Germany attacked Poland in ’39. As a soldier, he and other Polish soldiers were ordered to report to POW camps. He escaped instead, traveling by foot with others and eventually winding up in Paris then Britain. After the war when I was born, my parents came to the United States as political refugees. He started a small news service focusing on life behind the Iron Curtain, and then joined the U.S. foreign service. When I was growing up we lived in Cairo, Seoul and Paris. So I was exposed to many places and cultures, and hearing a lot about the war and history. I also grew up bilingual, since my parents made sure that we spoke Polish at home.

It was probably only natural that I majored in history in college and then was attracted to journalism as a profession. Right after college I spent three years teaching high school social studies. But I then jumped at the opportunity to do a “try out” at Newsweek that developed into a full time job.

RB – And did writing books then naturally follow as an extension of your reporting?

AN – In my case, it did. Writing for a magazine or a newspaper, you’re forced to compress your stories and leave out some of things you find really interesting. You leave out the back story and wish you had more space to develop it. In the back of my mind I always wanted to write a book. In ’82 I was expelled from the Soviet Union because the Kremlin didn’t like my reporting; as a result I became the story as sometimes happens with reporters. I was disappointed not to stay but saw an opportunity to write a first-person account of my impressions of the Soviet Union and that became my first book.

My next book focused on the transformation of Poland, Czechoslovakia, and Hungary after the collapse of communism, something I also witnessed firsthand as a reporter.

But living in places like Moscow, Berlin, Bonn and Warsaw, I was also constantly confronted with the legacy of the war and the Holocaust and the question of how Germany could ever have been taken over by Hitler and his Nazi movement. I still had the opportunity to interview many people who had lived through that era, and I began writing books on those subjects.

RB – In your positions you’ve seen many events that shaped the world, met many people that participated in, watched the growth or destruction of societies. From Steven Spielberg to Mikhail Gorbachev and Boris Yeltsin, tennis legend Boris Becker to Kurt Waldheim. In their presence, did you get a true look into their political and societal soul, or were they so influenced by their positions, politics and affiliations that the true person wasn’t doing the interview?

AN – It’s always a challenge to interview major figures, since they are usually careful about how they answer your questions. They can appear very scripted. But if you got to know someone before they rose to a top position, you have a better chance of breaking through the talking points. For instance, I interviewed Lech Walesa, when the Solidarity movement he led was still struggling against repression. When it triumphed in 1989 and he became Poland’s first freely elected president, I could still talk to him more informally than others could who were interviewing him for the first time. The same was true of Vaclav Havel, the dissident playwright who led the “Velvet Revolution” in Czechoslovakia

It’s also interesting to do interviews with rising starts in other fields.

In Monte Carlo I interviewed Boris Becker when he was 19; he was already the number 2 ranked tennis player in the world and it was easy to forget how young he still was. When I completed our interview, he stretched his arms and I could see that he had been sweating. I realized that he had been more nervous about the interview than I was, although he was the star and I just the journalist. He could go out and beat the best tennis players in the world, but he was still a kid and nervous about talking to a representative of a major news organization.

RB – During your time in the field for Newsweek and others, you certainly had your time behind a desk, researching and writing. But when those assignments demanded the more involved, clandestine, even dangerous times; being followed by the KGB, or shedding the watchful eye of the government police intent on denying you a secret interview with Bujak, the leader of the Polish underground; did you feel the intrigue, the threats, the dangers, or were you so focused on the story as the centerpiece of your thinking?

AN – You always want to get the story but part of the story is getting the interview, and you can’t help but be affected by the tension surrounding it. Ron, you mentioned the meeting with the leader of the underground Solidarity movement, Zbigniew Bujak, who was the most wanted man in Poland at the time. They had imposed martial law and he was on the run.

I was approached by Solidarity activists and asked if I wanted an interview with Bujak; I said sure but I don’t want to bring the secret police to his door and have him arrested. They said don’t worry about that – be at this corner at 6 pm and someone will come by and give you a signal and you follow them. We went through a courtyard and out a door, jumped in a car that pulled up, drove around the city, got out again and went through another courtyard and into another car, and so forth until they were sure no one could be tailing us. We wound up at an apartment building on the outskirts of Warsaw and I was brought to an upper floor apartment and had a 3 hour interview with Bujak. I was excited and a bit nervous, but mainly because I did not want to endanger Bujak.


In part 2 we’ll hunt Adolf Eichmann in South America, travel with Pope John Paul II and touch on the ISIS/Nazi connection.

My thanks to Andrew for his friendship and taking an extra amount of time to talk about an extraordinary life filled with adventure, history and intrigue.

In pursuit of good reading from quality research, I’m confident you would enjoy a view of history from Andrew Nagorski. A real-life review from the ground where it all happened.

 

Those who cannot remember the past are condemned to repeat it.

George Santayana, 1863-1952 / The Life of Reason: The Phases of Human Progress  (Cir. 1905)

 

RB

 

Ron Boat Interviews Media Leaders

In my writings over the last few years, I’ve been fortunate to have interviewed some very interesting people. News makers and news breakers who have an inside track to political and societal happenings that intrigue and fascinate us.

I can’t take the space to recount their whole interviews but I wanted to pass on some passages of our interaction as we observe the perception of our country’s state of well being. Even from a few years ago, their words still ring true with truth and relevance in the subjects of journalism, race, immigration and American values.


Editor and Chief Executive Office of World Net Daily – better known to many as WND.com – Mr. Joseph Farah.

RB – As you look at today’s journalistic scene, what percentage of legitimate media are doing the American public and service, or disservice in their reporting?

JF – “I’d say less than 1 percent of the press is doing its job. And what is that job? What is the central role of a free press in a free society? To serve as a watchdog on government and other powerful institutions. There is no other answer that is legitimate.

And why? The free press was literally birthed in colonial America. It had never existed previously. Yet, the founding fathers in their wisdom recognized the inherent, inalienable right for a free press for the first time in history and enshrined special protections within the First Amendment of the Constitution. They did that because they believe in lots of checks and balances on government power. That’s why we have a free press in America.

It wasn’t because the founders believed in an inherent, unalienable right to publish pornography. It wasn’t because they wanted to ensure ‘deflate-gate’ would be exposed so as not to tarnish the Super Bowl. It wasn’t because they wanted to provide a forum for celebrity news. It was because they knew government and other powerful institutions would strangle liberty if they got the chance.

Unfortunately, the American press has given those powerful institutions that chance. In fact, too much of the press is owned by such powerful institutions.”

RB – Are we really dealing with so many “low information voters” that the real truth no longer matters, only the messages of “what’s free, what’s in it for me socially, financially, occupationally, politically?”

JF – “The public school system has indeed – I believe with intent – dumbed down the populace. The press plays a role in this too. Too many in the press today are disinformation artists rather than real journalists passionate about the truth.”


Dennis Michael Lynch (or DML as he prefers) is an American businessman, documentary film maker, and conservative political commentator. He often appeared as a guest on Fox News, The Kelly File, and The Blaze.

He has captured America’s eye and focused it on such subjects as the growing immigration problem with successful films such as “THEY COME TO AMERICA”, “WE RIDE TO DC,” and “FIGHTING FOR AMERICA.” 

RB –  Having witnessed 9/11 first hand, it must have been such a life changing impression. You started with shorter, simpler, more commercially appealing films, but did you find the goal pretty quickly to start your pursuit of telling the important stories or did that take time to evolve during your studies?

DML –  “After living 9/11 and seeing my fellow Americans jump from 80 stories, and after seeing what 19 people could do to the most powerful country on Earth, I decided to make a change.  I no longer desired to continue as a CEO and chase money, but instead chase my dream of making films.  And during the making of my first film “King of the Hamptons’, which includes many Hollywood stars, I met a man who protests against illegal immigration each and every day.  He does this because he lost his ability to earn a living because of the illegal aliens who undercut his prices (he’s a contractor).  And so he protests on the corner of a 7-Eleven where dishonest contractors come to pick up the illegal aliens who stand there each morning looking for work.  After speaking with the guy (Tom), I decided to make a film about illegal immigration and its impact on America.”

RB – When you started your quest for immigration research and documentation, did you ever imagine the many stories of incidents like San Francisco’s Kate Steinle, or the Kansas City woman kidnapped at knife point, repeatedly raped and driven to New York by an illegal, two Virginia girls killed by the illegal Alfredo Ramos driving drunk or our own Arizona police officer killed by an illegal drunk driver? Add to these the hundreds, no thousands of crimes committed by first time and returning illegals?

DML – “I had NO IDEA about the amount of crime generated by illegal aliens.  Most people have no idea how bad it is, unless of course you’re one of the victims, or a loved-one of a victim.

I receive gifts and letters in the mail each week, and some of them make me cry.  Example. I had a veteran send me his medal from Vietnam and ask, “Please don’t stop doing what you do, my son was killed by an illegal alien.”  I mean WOW, how do I not continue on with the next film?”

RB –   Immigration was the first main theme of your released films, then you moved to exposing the liberal media and then a more in depth look at Obama’s transformation of America earlier this year. Do you have a long term “pattern” or “route” in mind when picking your subjects?

DML –  “The media film is called WE RIDE TO DC.  And I didn’t plan on making it.  About 8-months earlier I was asked by producers if I would provide an exclusive to The Kelly File.  Meaning, I would appear only on Megyn’s show and to go out and shoot the sort of eye-opening video my films offer.  I agreed to try it, and in doing so I was exposed to various events, and I captured so much on camera.   I also got a real look at the media, and the bias that exists within it.”


Kevin Jackson is a nationally recognized rising star among young conservative thinkers, writers, and political commentators. A Fellow at the Robert J. Dole Institute of Politics, he’s a highly sought-after speaker offering a rare blend of intellect and humor.

Kevin is a father, author, and conservative talk-radio host of “The Black Sphere” heard here on Red Nation Rising. He’s authored the bestselling books The BIG Black Lie, and Race Pimping, and takes a no holds barred approach to politics and current race relations in this country.

RB – As we got older, we saw that others have control over our jobs and lives. Character started to matter more, but we’re constantly pulled back to race. Why is that?

KJ –   “I’m not sure, but the problem with life is control. When we control our destiny, government is small and relatively meaningless in our lives. When we work for others, we find government growing, and a bigger part (a nuisance) in our lives. This is why government hates entrepreneurs, ergo small business. They act like they like it, but they don’t. Government like big business, as they are (1) too big to fail, and (2) easier to extort. Business in America is no longer about capitalism and free enterprise, but about social engineering for the “greater good.”

RB – Society is more and more at a racial crossroads like we haven’t seen in 50 years. People who aren’t even racist are confronted with making daily judgments, possibly decisions, based on situations of race which… affects them. What responsibility do leaders like Obama, Holder, Reid and others bear for the current distrust, violence and growing problems?

KJ –  “First, Obama, et al are not leaders. These people are charlatans of the highest order. Obama could have quelled racial tension early on by telling black Liberals that his election doesn’t allow for lawlessness. That blacks will be expected to be BETTER, and he will provide the inspiration and tools for such. Instead, he gave black Liberals a pass, and they have taken it. More ignorance today in the black community than in a decade of the 1950s. Lawlessness, Godlessness, combined with little to no initiative to better oneself. The least safest place for a black baby is in a black woman’s womb, and the least safe place for black people is around other black people.”

RB – Do the “reverends” Jackson and Sharpton diminish the connection between a good productive life and the perception or the role of the church?

KJ –  “Those two have hurt the church, but not enough to say they destroyed religion in blacks. That said, black people are not nearly as religious as we once were. Black Liberals are religious frauds. They go to church, but ignore the teachings of the Bible, and denigrate themselves, ergo God.”


Erik Rush is a Columnist and speaker, FOX Contributor and Author“Negrophilia: From Slave Block to Pedestal ~ America’s Racial Obsession,”

RB – What do you suggest and how do you feel about our REAL short and long term future as a free country, economic powerhouse in the world, and a beacon for real growth and potential?

ER – “Being a person of faith, I have to remind myself and others that all this isn’t ultimately in our hands. That said, I think that things will continue to decline as long as this administration [Obama] is in power. Unless we come to a realization as a nation that the policies of the left are singularly destructive and reverse course, it will continue even beyond that. If Obama and the soft socialists in our government (some of whom are in the GOP, by the way) are allowed to continue this evolution toward their oligarchical collectivist model, then America’s days as a dominant economic concern are over.”

RB –  [asked in 2013] Is the role of government in our “personal” lives reaching the point of overbearing and therefore hampering the quality of life in our country and the real state of the union?

ER –  “Absolutely; it has been increasing incrementally for decades as we gravitate (regress) away from a model of governance, toward a model of ruling. The Founders knew that it was the nature of government to behave in this manner; that’s why they put provisions in the Constitution to prevent it. Through abysmal education and propaganda, the political left has succeeded in removing, ignoring, or superseding those provisions because the public no longer knows any better.’


Throughout my talks with political leaders, authors and media pundits, there are always overwhelming themes of patriotism, religion and true concern and caring for our country.

As a country we’ll survive but without the rule of law, reason and truth we’ll travel the path of other civilizations that have given up on reality and chosen tyranny, socialism and lies.

Ron Boat warns of the Shadow Government

When you turn on the lights, the roaches scatter. But some will stand and fight, willing to be exposed because they don’t care and in fact even love a good confrontation.

In the old days, we heard of smoked filled back room deals, people behind the scenes, foreign involvements, Communists running rampant in Hollywood and in general an underbelly of sedition, even treason winding through our society.

But now it’s fashionable, it’s in the light, out in the open, above board, even boasted and blatant. Those who seek to disrupt society and even bring down this country open store fronts, put up fancy websites with glowing verbiage of hope and trust, call themselves fancy compassionate names and proclaim to work for the betterment of the downtrodden, the underprivileged, the disadvantaged, the unjustly served masses of humanity.

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This openness is not only arrogant, but encouragement. A promotion and endorsement of acts illegal, controversial, subversive, ignored and usually even forgiven. The truths of life are no longer truth but targets, challenges to get away with anything you can for personal back room profits or agenda driven purposes.

The most immediate and relevant revelation of this concept is the recent activities surrounding the election and the General Flynn affair. People think nothing of running down their coworkers, exposing secrets, cheating debates and stealing the soul of a process or the public.

The acts of Hillary’s emails, the openness of “nothing wrong,” ignorance, and forgiving transgressions which in fact could and still might have devastating effects on our country should be appalling. The crime is no longer important, it’s the revelation of the crime that is the crime. When Podesta writes disparaging remakes about his team, and his boss, the act of disrespect and dissidence is not the issue, but the fact that someone released their private information – no matter what its contents or intent.

The scenario of General Flynn’s unfounded, unproven, (and irrelevant) transgressions proves another point. Not only to expose an opponent, to bring out the possible worst in a new president and his choices, but the willingness to blatantly break the law and put the country at further risk.

June 6, 2013: file photo shows an aerial view of the NSA’s Utah Data Center in Bluffdale, Utah. Electrical failures are complicated the opening of the National Security Agencyís largest data storage center. The Army Corps of Engineers says it discovered the problem during tests ahead the fall opening of the $1.7 billion facility located south of Salt Lake City on a National Guard base. (AP Photo/Rick Bowmer, File)


The actual act of listening in, recording, documenting and archiving Americans’ private lives was exposed by Edward Snowden. The power overreach of governmental agencies has become more and more in focus over the few years as we see photos of  the $1.7B Utah based data complexes, we get information that should be reserved for a few, not a few million, and we see how that info is used and abused.

While Flynn was probably not targeted as an ordinary citizen before reentering governmental service, he was caught up when the FBI, CIA, NSA, DEA, DHS, or some alphabet group monitored Russian Ambassador Sergey Kislyak. All governments know this activity goes on but the question of who, when, from where and how much is not always understood.

The fallacy of some Obama hangover who leaked VERY sensitive communication for obviously political purpose is not just a problem exposing Flynn, but a furtherance of the hatred the CIA has for Flynn given his criticisms and an indication of the length that traitors will go to defeat us. And a reaffirmation of the long term goals of an anti-American socialist.

It also exposes the presence, length and depth of our capabilities to foreign governments which have since started to dump cell phones, rewire offices, change out email servers and check previous methods of communication for fear of further discovery.

And action such as this are all part of a larger scheme – the shadow government of B Hussein Obama, who sees himself as the ongoing patriarch of social change for the world. This narcissistic ambassador of ACORN, the SDS and Alinski school of progressive thought and social justice feels above any rule of law prohibiting restricted activities especially after leaving the oval office. He continues his pursuit of ultimate control, legitimacy and historical relevance.

We know that during his reign, the IRS was used against political enemies of the state, the perceived political opponents and conservative groups attempting to further freedom and right. Even reporter James Rosen AND his parents were brought under the boot of investigation. Yes, Americans are at risk for retribution and destruction from the underlying, hidden activities of the shadow government.

Devin Nunes, Republican chairman of the House Permanent Select Committee on Intelligence, says that he saw the leaks about Flynn’s conversations with Kislyak as part of a pattern. “There does appear to be a well-orchestrated effort to attack Flynn and others in the administration,” he said. “From the leaking of phone calls between the president and foreign leaders to what appears to be high-level FISA Court information, to the leaking of American citizens being denied security clearances, it looks like a pattern.”

When the president can’t be sure of who’s listening, when officials can’t have a confidence of privacy from their own administration’s activities, when holdover agitators and dissidents from previous admins are inclined to bring down a president and his people for personal or political purposes, the concept of a renegade government behind the scenes isn’t any longer obscured by a smoke filled environment.

Our country is at risk, as the subversives don’t always wear a Russian ushanka or wave a black and white ISIS flag. They wear suits, they run organizations called OFA, they steal us blind through retirement plans, union donations, agency contributions and captured secret emails and phone calls.

President Trump needs to immediately open an investigation. The number of people with high level access to intercepts and recordings can’t be that large and they could quickly determine who, when, and how- we know the why. Then a quick trial and a public hanging for traitors of the republic. Hey, we used to do it when we were far less sophisticated and at risk.

It’s a shame we all have to live with a constant look over our shoulder for the shadow behind us but the destructors don’t always work in the light and the unprepared vicar can become the unfortunate victim.

A reminder – Just because you’re paranoid doesn’t mean they aren’t after you.

 

RB

Ron Boat warns of CIVIL WAR

Baltimore, Ferguson, NYC, Chicago were the combat zones of the past – Is America the future battleground?

Trump’s desire to change America is already creating battles.

After that November 9th morning when the final numbers came in and Trump won the final states, he had a view of the country, but did he see the real battles brewing?

Some say Donald Trump was destined to lead, to make a difference, to correct years of corruption, deceit, inefficiency, hatred and rioting; to put the ship of state on a new, productive course. But the battle is not just the past. It’s the future.

It’s tough enough to fight world problems, keep us safe in good times, develop a plan to bring back our economy and  do all the things required to put the right people in place. But when you’re also fighting a deliberate force that is out to destroy America…. it only adds to the fray and wastes time – and people.

Being a businessman instead of a politician, Trump is accustomed to fighting competition, but not subversion. Dealing with corruption and building codes has its own challenges, but fighting against thousands trained to disrupt your efforts, fighting against anti-American forces, pushing back against groups determined to make sure you’re a failure in your patriotic direction is a whole new game.

Trump knows and practices reason. But groups bent on bringing down America at any cost, ranting, raving and rioting thugs creating chaos are not productive but a calamitous, pernicious force in need of banishment on a grand scale.

If you thought that president B Hussein was out of office, you were wrong. He’s only moved down the street; his presence, influence and goals still evident through the thousands he’s training to bring his message of hate for America to the streets.

His group, Organizing for Action, is a movement for violence, rioting, destruction. Their motto is “Organizing for Action is a movement of millions of Americans, coming together to fight for real, lasting change.” when in fact it should be “Organizing for Action is a movement of millions of Americans, coming together to fight.” And don’t think otherwise. They purport to come in peace wanting nothing more than equality, opportunity and fairness. [Visit their site and count the number of times “fight” is used. Not “work toward,” “develop,” “improve,” or “create,” but fight.]

If you think about it, OFA, Organizing for America could have a positive inclination, but when you “Organize for Action” and you’re an Alinsky socialist, gang of community organizers directed to cause property damage, personal injury, possibly deaths, to disrupt the message of growth, productive and positive goals, your agenda is not good for anyone except yourselves – and your minions of mistrust, marchers of maliciousness, and directors of disorder.

OFA says “That kind of progress is never easy. But we’re not here for the easy fights.” Again, the word “fights” has diverse meaning because they have already trained through organized, hands-on courses THOUSANDS of people – teaching them how to organize, how to demonstrate to disrupt and be the opposition of truth and reason. Yes, Alinsky is alive and well and living in the dimly lit cracks and crevices of OFA offices.

New courses set for March have another 25,000 lined up for training and indoctrination. They boast 250 local chapters and claim 5,000,000 leftist lemmings “who’ve taken action with OFA as part of a long line of people who stand up and take on the big fights for social justice,” They proclaim “We aren’t the first to fight for progressive change and we won’t be the last.” [again, “fight fight fight.”]

 

The roots of a blatant, conscious and intentional chaotic firestorm of social power began with the anti-establishment advocates of long ago. If you think that black vs white, rich vs poor, socialists vs capitalists, peace vs. civil unrest are in remission and are either in the past or the very far distant future – you’re mistaken. The undercurrent of violence, racism, fascism and anarchy are just around the corner. And B. Hussein and traitor G. Soros have their fingerprints on every aspect of the force being culled and advanced to bring down America.

 

The erroneously justified battles of race, income, welfare, justice, equality are being waged against reasonable people who just seek to live their lives, work hard and raise their families, enjoy normalcy. But for the progressives, it’s an ongoing agenda of hate and disparagement, criticism and calamity fought on the battlefields of American streets occupied with black power brokers like the Black Panthers, Black Lives Matter, and groups of ACORN, Socialists, and anarchical advancement.

It’s not a discussion of reasonable people seeking answers to right vs. wrong vs. alternatives, but a push back on law and order, an ignorance of reason and appropriateness. People with too much free time supported by people with too much money and a will to disperse it across the violent landscape of social justice.

Trump knows how to build a building. Can he rebuild a country? He appears to have the best of intentions to bring back our freedoms, our economy, our value and worth as the greatest country in the history of the world – but is he prepared and willing to fight a much bigger, bloodier battle… the personal and national survival of right, reason and righteousness?

2017 may tell us.

RB

Nordstrom Made A Yuge Mistake

Well, it is no secret Nordstrom recently dropped Ivanka Tump’s line from their stores, but was it the right move? Liberals claiming to shop at the department store started a nationwide campaign for Nordstrom to drop the brand, though, at first, Nordstrom seemed to be holding its stance and not choosing a side. However, after pressure applied via social media, Nordstrom folded and stated they were dropping Ivanka’s line due to sales.

Now could it be true? Sure, but let’s be real, there are a few brands at Nordstrom that could have also received the boot that did not. Unfortunately, when you side with a group that is very good at claiming to be victimized by something so simple, you can’t predict their next target. Just a couple days ago Nordstrom announced its nonprofit partner for 2017, YWCAUSA.

YWCAUSA mission statement:

  • We seek to increase the equal protections and equal opportunities of people of color.
  • We work to increase economic opportunities for women and girls of color, recognizing the importance of addressing the race and gender inequities that exist for this historically and contemporarily marginalized community. 
  •  We strive to improve the often disproportionately negative health and safety outcomes for women and girls of color by making sure they have access to high-quality health and safety resources and support systems.

 

Interesting, drop the President’s daughter, and then announce partner that could be considered anti-Trump. YWCAUSA tweets almost hourly about how much they despise everything the Trump administration is doing, right down to his choice in cabinet members.

Lets be honest, staying quiet and not choosing a side until the storm passed would have had an effect on sales for maybe a month, if that, who knows if those boycotting actually shopped at the department store? Today’s protestors move with the so called movement, so the next target is a trendy tweet away. I believe Nordstrom made two mistakes. Mistake one, whomever orchestrated the boycott have made Nordstrom their donkey. At any point, they can claim Nordstrom is discriminating against customers or not hiring enough black people and begin a boycott tomorrow. Keep in mind Al Sharpton made a career out of pulling the race card against corporations, ask Macy’s. Mistake two, those not looking to shop somewhere that gets involved in politics, and of course Trump supporters, will walk away. Might I mention, depending on Ivanka’s contract with Nordstrom, if she finds that she was dropped due to boycott, as a woman, she too could claim discrimination and file a lawsuit.

In a nutshell, Nordstrom better pray they made the right choice, oh wait, they chose the side that doesn’t get involved in prayer.

A Litany Of ER Abuses

A Litany Of ER Abuses

 

In a recent column, I discussed the forthcoming closure of the Cook Medical Center ER and why it shouldn’t be happening. Unexpectedly, at least to me, that column appears to have gone “viral.” Of the tens of thousands of people reached, surprisingly, I received only three negative responses – all of which I found rather amusing. One person referred to me as “anti-Christian” (really?). Another stated that “grouping people into groups” was wrong (self-explanatory). And, yet, a third explained how aghast she became when she discovered that her primary care physician required payment for service (the nerve!).

In spite of the negative tone, these comments offered something beyond mere entertainment value – that is, proof that with regard to the dire circumstances facing Georgia’s and America’s ERs, some people just don’t get it. So, in response to these misinformed types, I gladly offer a few examples for purposes of enlightenment. If you are a taxpayer, prepare to be angry.

I once had a patient present to the ER complaining of “stiff hair” (I’m not making this up). It turns out, she had placed a straightener on her hair and, later that night, around 1:00AM, showed up asking if we had something that would remove the straightener – and all at taxpayer expense.

“Baby’s first picture” is a common scam. It works this way – young pregnant females wait until around 20 weeks gestation. Then, they call 911 complaining of pelvic pain and leaking fluid (which, of course, is a fabrication). This gets them a free ride to the ER and a complete work-up including trans-abdominal ultrasound during which the ultrasonographer captures images of the developing fetus for the medical record. The patient then asks for copies of these images which she later displays to her friends and family as “baby’s first picture” – and all at taxpayer expense.

For many years, the most shoplifted items in America were home pregnancy tests, that is, until these shoplifters discovered they could acquire them for free at ERs. So, nowadays, the scenario goes like this…Patient: “I’m eight weeks pregnant and I need a pregnancy test.” Triage nurse: “Have you been to your doctor for an exam?” Patient: “No, I need a pregnancy test first so I can get my Medicaid started.” Nurse: “Have you taken a home pregnancy test?” Patient: “No, I don’t have the money,” after which she gets a free pregnancy test – and all at taxpayer expense.

Opiate addicts frequent ERs complaining of various pain syndromes in attempts to acquire prescriptions for narcotics. A common scam follows: an addict presents complaining of flank pain from kidney stones because he knows the treatment often includes narcotics.  The doctor orders a urinalysis to evaluate for the presence of blood in the urine – no blood often means no kidney stones which often means no narcotic prescription. Of course, the addict knows this and comes prepared – he has acquired a lancet from a diabetic relative or friend and, when he goes into the bathroom to provide a urine sample, he pricks his finger with the lancet, sticks his finger into the sample and, voila, blood in the urine which likely means a prescription for narcotics – and all at taxpayer expense.

For additional perspective, consider an all too common scenario: A patient with a history of high blood pressure and diabetes calls 911 at 2:00AM complaining of right knee pain. He gives these answers to the following questions: How long has your knee been hurting? “Three months.” What have you taken for pain? “Nothing.” Did you injure your knee at work? “I don’t work.” Have you seen your doctor about your knee pain? “I ain’t got no doctor.” Who writes your prescriptions for your blood pressure and diabetes medication? “I go to the ER.” How will you get home when we are finished? “My family, they’re in the lobby” (having followed the ambulance to the hospital). So he gets an x-ray, is diagnosed with mild osteoarthritis (which, of course, isn’t an emergency and doesn’t justify ambulance transport), receives an injection for pain and a prescription, and goes on his way – and all at taxpayer expense.

Ah, and the ER scams go on and on and on…the person who calls 911 complaining of chest pain in order to get a ride to town; the alcoholic who drank his enter Social Security check and comes to the ER to get medication to manage his withdrawal symptoms; the weekend partier who presents on Sunday night seeking a work excuse in anticipation of a Monday morning hangover; members of the Friday Night Gun and Knife Club who shoot and stab each other over real or perceived slights and then get dropped off by friends in the ER parking lot or ambulance bay; the Sunday lunch crowd who, amazingly, never seem to get sick during church services but somehow manage to become acutely ill at the conclusion of the sermon; and the people who visit the ER instead of their doctor because their doctor charges a co-pay or they just don’t have time to make an appointment or they just don’t like waiting in the doctor’s office or whatever, whatever, whatever – and all at taxpayer expense.

Alt-right is NOT Synonymous to Republicans

The alternative right, more commonly known  as the alt right, is a far right ideology that rejects traditional ideas of American conservatism. The self-proclaimed focus of the alt right is the preservation of the white race and “white” countries. The alt right is regularly criticized for derogatory slurs towards Jewish people, minorities, mixed race couples, and others. The philosophy of the Alt-right is connected to fascism and Nazism as a result of their flagrant support for Hitler and astounding denial of the Holocaust.

The Alt-right is pernicious to the Republican Party because they provide ammunition for leftists to brand conservative Americans as racist and bigoted. These labels are quite fitting for the Alt-right, but not for conservative men and women in this great nation. The Republican Party is the party of principles, patriotism, and innovation; the Alt-right morphs principles into exclusion, patriotism into discrimination, and innovation into regression. Followers of the Alt-right have boldly expressed their feelings of disdain for non white Americans. One woman even went as far as to state that she wants “non-whites” to be dead.  This is NOT what conservatism represents. This is NOT what the Republican Party stands for. The dogma of the Alt-right is insidious and evil. President Trump disavowed the Alt-right, stating that they are not a group that he wants to energize.

The most ironic aspect of the Alt-right is their proclaimed loathing for social justice warriors. The Alt-right is the right wing, mirror image of social justice warriors. Like a plethora of other racists and fascists, the Alt-right is the embodiment of their supposed opposition. Social justice warriors and the Alt-right both judge people based on exterior qualities such as race. An interesting theory known as the horseshoe theory is applicable between social justice warriors and the Alt-right. The horseshoe theory states that the far left and far right are actually identical, rather than polar opposites, as most would believe them to be. This notion holds true. Communism and fascism are considered to be on opposing sides of the political spectrum, yet when you study both regimes, you discover the overwhelming amount of parallels between them. Familiarity truly does breed contempt.

America must know that Alt-right values are dissimilar and contrasting to conservative ones. Conservatives do not engage in divisive and race baiting tactics. As a woman of color, I am conservative because the ideology coincides with who I am. I support small government, low taxes, legal immigration, and the value of American grit over welfare. Any American can succeed as long as he or she is willing to work for it. Each American must decide to make something of themselves. The Alt-right believes that success and greatness belongs to one group. Alt-right doctrines are NOT synonymous to Republicans or conservatives, which is why they are the alternativeright.

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Climate Change Is Out, Police Reform

Every year it seems the left comes up with a buzz word or two to act as if the problem isn’t what we all know it to be.

For instance, Police Reform places blame on the police for all criminal behavior. Stating because the police do not have a better relationship with the community, there is a ton of crime and killings. I don’t even think my 9 year old stepdaughter would buy this insertion. A lot of this starts at home. A good upbringing and family structure goes a long way. Did you know 78% of high school dropouts are raised in a home where the father is absent? Notice I did not say black homes? This is not a race issue, this is a daddy issue.

According to the National Fatherhood Initiative, those from a fatherless home are more likely to go to prison, more likely to abuse alcohol and drugs, 7 times more likely to become pregnant as a teen, more likely to commit a crime, and the list of negatives go on. So it isn’t surprising that in a predominantly black community, so much crime is taking place. 79% of black children live in a fatherless home. It isn’t rocket science, its just not what people want to hear. Democrats like to cater to feelings, and the general feeling is there must be someone to blame. So who is taking the wrap? Not the fathers abandoning their children, the police.

Don’t get me wrong, there are some strong single mothers keeping their children on the straight and narrow. There are some mothers working 3 jobs to make ends meet, and just can’t possibly keep a watchful eye at all times. Of course, there a few that could just care less and love the fact that they can blame others for their poor parenting. My question, do the police need reform? Or do Police Commissioners need to be held responsible for their “bad apples”? I guarantee if you told a chief his job is on the line for any hate crime committed by any officer on their force, we would see a drastic change. Should police make an effort to build a trusting relationship with the residents on their beat? Absolutely, so many more cases would be solved. But to send police into communities to build these relationships without respect for their lives, well in some areas, that is downright dangerous. Respect for our men and women in blue is at an all time low. Perhaps we should build a trusting relationship on both ends.

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Ron Boat warns: ANARCHY AHEAD

anarchy and riots

Isn’t freedom of speech wonderful? The right to assemble peacefully, express your views, share common ideas and promote positive feelings of societal harmony?

NOT HAPPENING IN AMERICA! 

We’ve learned over time that America is accepting in that the voice of dissent is welcome, even encouraged for shared discussions. Exchanges of bettering society, expressing our views on opposing ideas and actions and bringing to light the alternative ways of living. Shared debate over the positives and negatives of any subject from military intervention to local school board appointments.

In war time, there are those who want American forces to stay out of foreign affairs and protect us here. And in years past, there were those who marched in peaceful expression of social values with “love beads and flowers” the accouterments of the day.

But let’s face facts. It’s no longer just the expression of thought, but the obliteration of your opponent; the annihilation of opposing view which is most important and, part of all that is the growing need to make your statement with violence and destruction.

Not content to just sing in peaceful unison, carrying a sign and waving an American flag, now it’s incumbent on the participants (or social warriors if you will) to destroy. The American symbol of freedom has become fuel for ferocity, encouraging the ruin of public and private property, instigation of physical violence against those who oppose, to light fires, loot, use private and police vehicles as a platform of your appearance, and yes…make the biggest and brightest statement possible to…… well, not just to express but to “activate.”

Isn’t it wonderful that whenever a “spontaneous” group expression breaks out, there must be a print shop nearby to print up all those nice-looking signs? Or, as in the announcement of Judge Neil Gorsuch to the Supreme Court, you bring your generic graphic poster and then fill in the last minute name of the target of your protest as it’s announced – how efficient can we get.

murderous anarchy of CharlotteDeaths are not only the “motive du jour” but the result of misguided participants who feel guns are appropriate trappings for the exciting get-together. Justin Carr was the victim at the Charlotte, NC when crowds felt it necessary to act without thinking, march and destroy without consideration of the true consequences of their irresponsibility.

Riots against candidate Trump in Chicago were not voices of disagreement, but planned, paid for uprisings of insurrection. Protests of rebellion compensated for by those with the money to support those with the time to show up and cause of unrest.

The art of rioting and protesting isn’t just making a statement, exercising freedom of disagreement anymore, it’s a sponsored army of insurgents paid for by people with goals far outreaching the purpose at hand. The Soros’ of the world delight in contributing millions to make their socialistic, fascist, anti-America point in hopes of provocative.

It’s no longer practicable to make a statement of dissension, but fashionable to turn an opinion into an opportunity for insurgency, chaos and anarchy.

Anarchy  –
  1. A state of disorder due to absence or nonrecognition of authority.
  2. Absence of government and absolute freedom of the individual, regarded as a political ideal.

Anarchy grows in Berkeley

As the colors of pride and acceptance light the background, the fire of destruction illuminates the Berkeley battleground of discord.  In the recent campus disturbance, students, teachers and outsiders were allowed to run rampant leaving the campus’ guest speaker (someone with opposing, non-violent verbal views of their own) to fend for himself without benefit of police authority to dispel the destruction. Fires, rocks thrown through windows, barriers destroyed and… only one arrest to show some minor presence of law.

anarchy in Baltimore

From behind a mask, from the roof of a car, from the safety of an anonymous bank account, all are meant to make society a playground for goons, thugs and disruption. If you don’t see the anarchy growing, and worse yet being allowed in today’s America…. You’re not watching the news.

Ron Boat sees Whiners Galore!

Whine anyone? For those of us who have been around a while, we remember the America of the 50’s and 60’s when our families were relaxed. Our lives were simple and the biggest decisions of the week were “who’s coming over for dinner after church on Sunday” or “who am I going to the movies with Saturday night.”

But now America has changed. The world has changed. People have changed.

People in general were concerned and worked toward relationships, family and friends. Even when times were tough, we cared about each other and enjoyed a happy and optimistic feeling in life. BUT NOW…. People are involved with movements, concerned and working toward agendas and causes, and there’s a feeling of negativity and worry – especially the last eight years.

I mean really… in the 50’s and 60’s the biggest thing was practicing storm and air raid drills in the Quonset hut we used for school. The last few years we hear about the government buying coffins and guillotines by the dozens and trains with chains for transporting political prisoners.  True or not, it’s part of internet news.

And who hasn’t been exposed to the massive reporting of FEMA camps to house us “deplorables” when the time comes AFTER they’ve taken all our guns away. America has made it through bad money times before as we saw in ’06 – ‘10. But it was the social upheaval, distrust and social propaganda that fostered the fear of obliteration.

And the worst thing is the change in people. Whiny whiny people. Supported with seemingly unlimited sources of manipulative money from the depths of social hell that comes pouring in from donors like Soros, a Jewish traitor against his own people, who is set to destroy America by any means. And his accomplices are the whining uninformed, the easily led, the uneducated, the lazy and those in need of social causes and personal acceptance.

Actors have become activists. Politicians have become puppets. The lazy have become the led, and the wimpy are the willing in the fight for….. well, they’re not really sure.

All they know is that they are expected – or paid – to WHINE. Cry about this and that, make a scene, disrupt society, complain and grumble about how bad things are… for themselves and everyone.

Women whine about free birth control, people who can’t even spell Muslim are worried about their extinction because they aren’t allowed in the country till they are vetted. They want to occupy Wall Street, Main Street, or any college space that will allow them searching for their cause, their play-dough, cuddly puppies and caring candles.

Our leaders are whining and crying in public with compassionate crocodile tears of understanding to garner support from those gullible groups bent on “belonging” and overly willing to be led somewhere…anywhere.

Popular musicians and the elite portray themselves as societal spokesmen of sympathy to make a point and show how bad America is, how unstable Trump is, how unreasonable our governmental actions are – even though there is an attempt to save this country from itself, to protect us from evil, to control our destiny and not leave it to the whims of destructors willing to invade and attack us.

Remember when your mom would say “stop whining?”  Where are these people’s mother now? At least we probably had something to whine about but we weren’t out to get more free stuff, protect people who hate us while blindly following the dictates of deceit.

We’re overrun with the media, Hollywood, politicians, community organizers and social agenda ACLUs.  You can’t swing a democrat or dead cat in a room without hitting someone wanting to control your life, gain your participation to change the world to their definition of decency and acceptance. Everywhere they go it’s a stage to spout their ridiculous rhetoric of disorder.

They whine and complain about things that haven’t even happened yet, and promise with their dying breath to leave the country rather than stay and be a contributing counterpart to help but alas…. Elections come and go and they’re still here….. if only to buy a few more Guccis or savor sushi at Urasawa.

We whine about the way we’re being treated and we’re deplorable, racist and petty. They whine and crowds gather for the fracas and freebies.

When will America grow up again? When will America again become a land of self-sufficient, responsible productive citizens wanting to help, not hinder; contribute not conspire; improve not impair?

I wonder if Orson Welles meant to say “We will have no whine before its time?” Probably not.

 

RB

Why Christians Should Support The Immigration Ban

This morning someone asked me, “What you think of the latest executive order? I have a hard time as a Christian accepting what he [Trump] did. Can you give me some reasons why I should support it?”
I feel compelled to share the response that I shared with this person because I am finding it very frustrating to keep seeing people say that, “Anyone who supports the ban shouldn’t call themselves Christians.”
Here is the deal…
This ban should have happened a very long time ago. It’s been a long time coming. The countries included in the ban not only give a home to terrorism but they train and then send them to the west to wage their “holy” war upon us. How can a leader keep allowing this threat to be imposed upon the people he is supposed to protect? His aim is to secure and protect this nation before he can even think about helping anyone else. I understand there are still Christians left in these countries, and let me get one thing straight — my heart goes out to them. However, let’s remember that this ban is not permanent. It is a 120 day ban in order to give the administration a head start and then following those 120 days, will be “extreme vetting” of those who want to enter our country.
Is it more or less Christ-like to be concerned for the treatment of humans abroad rather than our native and domestic citizens? Ultimately, we are being told that we are choosing one over the other but really what we are doing is preserving the safety of the majority rather than sacrificing them for the sake of the threatened minority. Not only do we run the risk of admitting muslims that have already been radicalized, but with the admission of Muslims in general, they are exponentially more likely to be radicalized and execute brutal and barbaric “honor” killings in order to serve Muhammad and earn their place in paradise.
As Christians, it is detrimental to the preservation of or faith and our morality to NOT support and defend the ban. There is no biblical command to accept those who pose a threat to our American life, liberty, freedom. Radical islam is not a faith or an ideology that can be met with compromise or who we can find common ground with. Its sole enemy is Christianity and its goal to take over the west, “through immigration” (see the Quran). American Christians, with respect to recent events and the rise of radical Islamic terror, are worried for their families.
Recently, Bill O’Keefe, the VP of the Catholic Relief Service said, “The Christian religion is about love and fear is the opposite of love. As Christians, we need to overcome our fear and act on the basis of love.” This is completely tailored to his own personal agenda and beliefs. Fear is not the opposite of love, it’s its unfortunate counterpart. We fear becausewe love. If we didn’t love our country, we wouldn’t fear it’s demise. If we didn’t love our western ideals and way of life, we wouldn’t fear it’s downfall. If we didn’t love our lives, we wouldn’t fear death. If we didn’t love our faith and our Creator, we wouldn’t fear its subversion.
If we don’t do something to stop this now, Christianity will not only cease to be a force of good in the world, but it will cease to exist at all. We, not only as Americans but as Christians, are responsible for preserving the ideals that this country was built upon. We must also protect our people as to maintain the hegemony of the United States and not only continue to be but also flourish as the truest and most powerful force of good that the world has ever seen.

Ron Boat sees a spade as a spade

Truth – it’s such a fleeting thing when people choose to ignore, deny or twist it. And yet… truth, in its “truest” form, is fact.  It’s been defined as:

  1. The quality or state of being true.
  2. That which is true or in accordance with fact or reality.
  3. A fact or belief that is accepted as true.

For many of us, speaking the truth, promoting the truth, living the truth day to day is a part of life, if not a passion. And certainly, it has its benefits.

In the world of politics, telling the truth – calling it what “it” is – is paramount to the act of communicating correctly to those you wish to lead. Unless of course you choose to lie deliberately for the purpose to mislead, manipulate, deceive or confuse for personal gain.

And when you’re caught bypassing the truth, skimming over it like a pothole in a better path, people might call you out on it. Calling a spade a spade, as it were, to make it known “your truth” is not reality, not based on fact.

Whoops… was I racist there? Did I interject a pejorative indented to bespeak hate and degradation for a particular group? NO, I think not. Again, the truth of the phrase has its meaning far before the modern implications assigned by those who would choose and promote it as a venomous means of bigotry, prejudice, and discrimination. And there’s a lesson to be learned in all this.

First, to “call a spade a spade” is a figurative expression. An idiom originating in the classical Greek of Plutarch’s Apophthegmata Laconica, (sometime before 120 A.D.) and was introduced into the English language in 1542 in Nicolas Udall’s translation of the Apophthegmes, where Erasmus, the renowned humanist and classical scholar, had seemingly replaced Plutarch’s images of “trough” and “fig” with the more familiar “spade.”

If you read even early American writing, you see that people spoke in relative simple terms, easy to understand ideas so as NOT to be misunderstood. So, when saying a rock “is” a rock, a tree “is” a tree, a spade “is” a spade, then those are facts and not to be disputed; as used by Oscar Wilde in “The Importance of Being Earnest”, in 1895:

 

CECILY:

“Do you suggest, Miss Fairfax, that I entrapped Ernest into an engagement? How dare you? This is no time for wearing the shallow mask of manners. When I see a spade I call it a spade.”

And Gwendolen’s response to Cecily could, or might, certainly be reinterpreted in our “modern society”

GWENDOLEN:

“I am glad to say that I have never seen a spade. It is obvious that our social spheres have been widely different.”

Languages are always changing, adapting to their time and place and yet, socially changing the meaning of a word or phrase can have unintended (or intended), alarming and deleterious consequences. It was in the early 20th century that a more racial tone was ascribed to this particular phrase.

Why bring up this history lesson? Because in today’s political arena, the lions have been having the masses of citizenry for lunch with their verbal banter. Garnering support from those with no individual intellect to understand “truth”, no desire to seek wisdom or capacity to realize they are sheep on the flower laden path to their own destruction. Promoting some to riot, destroy, even kill. Lemmings of the left.

Over the last eight years there were so many lies told by our “leaders” (to use the term very loosely) that “keeping your doctor or your plan” was in no way related to being a spade.  When the president said, there wasn’t “a hint of scandal”, there were no garden tools of honesty and reality in that statement.

And yet for eight long, misleading years, a lot of people either ignored or bought into the lies, the deceptions, the corruption of verbal abuse spewed on them, as long as it met their daily needs of rent checks, free this and that and personal mental security.

It’s incumbent on all of us to be aware, to listen and discern what is being told to us for our own good and stable futures. People are human and make mistakes, and even President Trump will falter and stumble as have all the great leaders but…. and this is a HUGE but…. there must be a realization and questioning – Was it a mistake or an attempt to present that mere rusty spade as a golden rod, or maybe a true warning of a tough pill to swallow for our own good. Is the misspoken truth meant to deceive, or accidental?

As participants in our society, we must take a more educated role in the management of our country by electing hard working, qualified and truthful leaders. We must vote on issues with all the facts on the table. And not being misled and distracted by all the chocolate covered or gold plated carrots of promise that are dangled every 2 or 4 years for our amusement and enjoyment.

Is a spade a spade? Usually. Because truth is truth, facts are facts as in the old adage, “You’re either pregnant or you’re not.” There’s no in-between when it comes to keeping your doctor or finding a scandal…. or realizing the true reality of your future.

In considering truth, I would leave you this admonition from Geoffrey Chaucer in “The Cook’s Tale”, 1390:

But yet I pray thee be not wroth for game; A man may say full sooth [the truth] in game and play.

Or Shakespeare later came closer to our contemporary version of the expression in “King Lear”, 1605:

Many a true word hath been spoken in jest.

Are we getting the truth? Are we really hearing and understanding the truth? Or is it wrapped in a joke or a lie? Could it be an “inconvenient truth?”

Discern carefully my friends, and be warned.

RB

Rescuing Georgia’s Rural Emergency Rooms

For Georgia and America to rescue their failing rural emergency rooms, state and federal legislators, hospital administrators, emergency medicine physicians, nurses, ancillary medical staff, patients, and the public at large must first come to terms with several simple and unavoidable truths:

1) Rural ERs are being abused by non-payers, drug-seekers, those looking for a work excuse or a free pregnancy test, and those who have no idea what the true purpose of an ER is.

2) Those in a position to do something about these problems aren’t doing anything meaningful about these problems.

3) Hospitals – even those listed as not-for-profit – are businesses, not charity organizations, and any hospital that is operated as a charity rather than a business will eventually fail (well, except maybe St. Jude’s).

4) Emergency physicians who refill maintenance medications including narcotics are partially to blame.

5) Malpractice lawyers aren’t to blame but social security and disability lawyers who encourage clients to visit emergency rooms to enhance their chances of a successful claim are partially to blame.

6) Most important, health care is not a right, rather, it is a personal responsibility.

For those who disagree, I invite you to pull a 24-hour shift with me in a rural ER to see for yourself. Unlike deluded Hollywood celebrities and disgruntled second-string NFL players grasping for their last 15 minutes of fame, my comments are based not upon something I heard at a party or read in Salon Magazine but, rather, on real-life, day-to-day (and night-to-night for that matter) experiences during the thousands of hours I’ve spent working as an emergency physician in several of Georgia’s rural ERs during the last nearly 20 years.

Working in a rural ER has an upside – saving a life, easing someone’s pain, making a sick child feel better. But there is a dark side, too, and only those who work in emergency medicine fully understand what I mean. There are those in society who want something for nothing, who demand much from the system but offer little or nothing in return, who believe the world owes them a living, and who accept no personal responsibility for their actions…and these people, it seems, frequent rural ERs in droves. The problem, at least from a policy standpoint, is that due to the insular and private nature of medicine in general, and emergency medicine in particular, the general public has little or no awareness of the abuse – if they did, they’d be outraged. To put the situation into financial perspective, every time you write that check to pay your exorbitant medical insurance premium, just know that you are paying for your own coverage and that of 8 or 10 other people you don’t even know.

To be sure, the problem is multi-factorial, as the above list attests. However, the most fundamental issue leading to the financial failure of rural ERs and hospitals is the leftist notion that health care is a right. For decades, beginning with President Roosevelt’s pre-World War II implementation of John Maynard Keynes hair-brained economic theories to the post-World War II influx of European socialists, those on the Left have attempted to indoctrinate Americans into believing all personal needs could be, and should be, met by the government. That led eventually to President Johnson’s colossal failure known as the “Great Society” program and recently culminated in President Obama’s $20 trillion dollar national debt attributable mostly to the massive expansion of Medicaid and the food stamp program.

In fact, people have no more of a right to demand that someone else provide them with medical coverage than they have a right to fill a buggy with merchandise at Wal-Mart and walk out without paying or to demand their next door neighbor mow their lawn for them while sitting on their front porch drinking sweet tea. Until this segment of society finally comes to understand that health care isn’t a right but is an individual responsibility, rural ERs will continue to be abused and, as a result, will continue to fail.

Another Rural ER Bites The Dust

Tift Regional Health Center recently announced that its affiliate, Cook Medical Center in Adel, will close its emergency department next month. This action will leave the citizens of Adel and Cook County without immediate access to emergency department services. And it didn’t have to happen.

The reason for the forthcoming closure isn’t mismanagement on the part of administration or declining utilization or even a bad economy. The reason, actually, is a dirty little secret that the general public isn’t aware of and that those on the Left refuse to acknowledge…overutilization of emergency services by “self-pay” patients. Why the quotation marks around the term “self-pay?” Because, in the medical community, self-pay is a euphemism for “no-pay” as the vast majority of self-pay patients ultimately don’t pay their medical bills.

How do I know this? Because I am an emergency medicine physician and I once practiced in the emergency department at Cook Medical Center. While working there, I noted that the administrative and medical staff were excellent – caring, capable, and committed to patient care. Adel and Cook County, it seemed, had a good thing going with regard to its emergency department. But it was doomed, and I knew it. It was only a matter of time, and I said so, often. And now that time has come.

In addition to practicing medicine, I hold an MBA in management/finance and I can attest to the fact that there is no such thing as a successful business model in which a business loses more in revenue than it earns. That applies to hospitals as well – yet another fact the Left refuses to accept.

During my first shift at Cook, I treated a patient who had been to the ER 63 times that year already – it was only March – and he never paid a dime. On several occasions, he made multiple visits to the ER in the same day – on one occasion, six visits in 24 hours, all by ambulance. His objective, which he readily explained to me after I questioned the frequency of his visits, was that he had applied for disability and was told he was more likely to win his case if he had multiple ER visits in his medical record. When I brought this up to administration, I received the universal palms up sign along with the statement, “There is nothing we can do.”

A simple, if only partial, solution to this problem is known as a medical screening examination (MSE) in which patients are evaluated by the ER physician and if their complaints are deemed non-emergent, these patients are referred to their primary care provider or local clinic. In this regard, most hospital administrators are at fault for not establishing MSE programs due, they argue, to concerns over litigation.

The other dirty little secret is that federal and state lawmakers could pass legislation to correct these abuses but choose not to in an effort to avoid being seen as insensitive. By implication, these legislators would prefer a rural hospital close and deny services to an entire community rather than run the risk of being seen as denying coverage to a certain segment of the population – that is, the no-payers.

Maybe when all of Georgia’s rural hospitals close, legislators will finally heed the call to real action. My impression, based upon experience, is that this is merely wishful thinking. The recent effort to solve the financial shortfall by offering tax incentives to encourage businesses to donate money to rural hospitals, though well-intentioned, has little to no chance of succeeding. Why? Because this plan avoids the fundamental problem of refusing to place responsibility on those responsible – that is, on the no-payers. Don’t believe me? Wait and see. Of course, improved insurance reimbursement rates would help some, but this does nothing to address the reality that rural ERs are being abused and that those in a position to do something about it aren’t doing anything about it. The lack of state and federal leadership with regard to Georgia’s and America’s failing rural hospitals is at best a travesty and, at worst, a dereliction of duty by those holding public legislative office. To save these hospitals requires strength of character on the part of our legislators – that is to say, the strength to tell people when they choose to visit a rural ER that they should be prepared to pay their bill and not expect someone else to pay it for them.