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A modernized military is needed to handle global threats

A modernized military is needed to handle global threats
WASHINGTON, D.C. — Many pundits are mystified by Donald Trump’s foreign policy.  That’s because they focus too much on what he says … and even more on what he tweets.

But Trump uses his tweets and off-hand comments to drive the news cycle and poke his critics.  They are not meant as policy pronouncements.

Knowing what the White House is really up to requires looking at the formal proposals and policy statements coming out of the administration.
And when it comes to understanding the totality of the president’s foreign relations policy, the newly released National Security Strategy is a good place to start.

By James Jay Carafano - Sunday, January 14, 2018 - Full Story

Oprahism and the Church of Obama

Oprahism and the Church of Obama
(I wrote this article quite a few years ago. I feel that it’s relevant now in light of the Oprah for President movement.)

Obama’s political success was built on his ability to invoke values detached from belief systems. To break away symbols and ideals from religious and national value systems, and mix and match them into his own sound bites. Like the famous Hope poster, that mixed patriotic color schemes with socialist realism, or his own speeches which invoked the Founders in support of socialism.

The Obama wave was piggybacking on a culture where context had ceased to matter. Obama’s image had more in common with the way hip hop artists sample songs, than with a symphony. His campaign was the perfect trailer to a movie that would never be released. It was the marriage of corporate advertising campaigns, pop culture, radical politics and Americana—thrown together in a pot and boiled into one indecipherable mix that was appealing, and yet completely void of meaning.

By Daniel Greenfield - Sunday, January 14, 2018 - Full Story

Walmart applies tax savings to raise minimum wage from $9 to $11

Walmart applies tax savings to raise minimum wage from $9 to $11
Last Sunday I talked about why it’s actually a good thing for the economy if businesses use their tax savings for stock buybacks, because it puts more capital in the hands of investors who will likely find productive uses for the cash. This was a partial rebutall to the bluster from Democrats like Elizabeth Warren that businesses would do nothing to “help workers” with the tax cut.

Anything you do to funnel more money into the productive sector of the economy helps workers, because it helps everyone.

But it is also true that many companies are sharing their tax savings directly with employees. The latest to do so is Walmart, which announced this past week that it’s going to raise its company minimum wage from $9 to $11.

By Herman Cain - Sunday, January 14, 2018 - Full Story

Secret Service Should Arrest Virginia Governor

Secret Service Should Arrest Virginia Governor
Under United State Code Title 18, Section 871, it is a felony for an individual to “knowingly and willfully” make a “threat to take the life of, to kidnap, or to inflict bodily harm upon the President of the United States.” The punishment for this crime is severe, with a possible 5-year prison sentence and a fine of $250,000.

Unhinged Donald Trump hating liberals may want to become familiar with this law before issuing a threat against the President as they may be arrested by the Secret Service. No American, even Hollywood stars and politicians, is allowed to threaten the life or personal well-being of the President.

By Jeff Crouere - Saturday, January 13, 2018 - Full Story

Yes, there are “shithole countries,” as Trump says

Yes, there are shithole countries, as Trump says
President Donald Trump denies news reports that he referred to Haiti and various terrible Third World nations as “shithole countries” in a meeting about immigration reform with lawmakers in the Oval Office.

“The language used by me at the DACA meeting was tough, but this was not the language used. What was really tough was the outlandish proposal made – a big setback for DACA!,” Trump tweeted today at 7:28 a.m. (DACA refers to former President Obama’s unconstitutional Deferred Action for Childhood Arrivals policy.)

By Matthew Vadum - Saturday, January 13, 2018 - Full Story

Pricing Perspectives on Money, Monsters . . . and a Good Man

Pricing Perspectives on Money, Monsters
Regular readers at CFP may have stumbled upon one or more of my essays, and maybe lingered long enough to learn two of my lifelong interests are economics and hockey. A recent event caused me to reflect on those interests and put some perspective to the pricing of goods and services.

My early introduction to economics came in my pre-teen years when I began to collect stamps. Not for financial gain . . . just for fun. I enjoyed the variety of colors, pictures, emblems, and shapes like any child would. One in my possession was a German stamp circa 1923, not very colorful as I remember it, but interesting in that it was priced at 10 million marks! Looking back on it gives a different meaning to the phrase “going postal”! I knew we could send a letter in Canada for 3 cents and the difference was confusing. A million of anything was incomprehensible to me then. And inflation was something I associated with balloons. Much later in life I would learn that real inflation affects the price of everything. And out of control inflation was something to be feared, kinda like the monster Godzilla.

By Bob Christie - Saturday, January 13, 2018 - Full Story

Our American Civil War - An Upcoming Talk

Our American Civil War
We’re in the middle of a civil war.

It may not be a shooting war. For the most part. (Though don’t tell that to some Republicans at a charity game practice who were targeted by a Bernie Sanders supporter.) But it’s a war all the same.

The war is still being fought with paper and protests. But it’s based on irreconcilable differences between parts of the country. Much like the ones that brought on the war between brothers.

By Daniel Greenfield - Saturday, January 13, 2018 - Full Story

The Left is Certifiable

The Left is Certifiable
In just one year, President Trump, without the help of Democrats, special interests, lobbyists, Hollywood, Never-Trumpers and the irrational and deranged main-stream-media, has managed to turn our nation from upside down to right side up.

The Nasdaq is up 29%...Standard and Poor’s index is up 20%...the DOW is at 25,803 as of the close on Friday…well on its way to 26,000 points…levels never seen before in history. Retirement accounts are soaring. Unemployment is down to 4% with Black and Hispanic unemployment at record lows. Manufacturing is returning to America and the U.S. Manufacturing Index is going through the roof. Regulatory and tax reform is bringing many businesses and trillions of dollars back to our country.

By Ray DiLorenzo - Saturday, January 13, 2018 - Full Story

Failed State California: Overtaxed, Overregulated, Overopinionated, and Underhanded

Failed State California: Overtaxed, Overregulated, Overopinionated, and Underhanded
More is never enough for California politicians, as evidenced by our highest-in-the-nation taxes. The once-Golden State of opportunity and innovation ranks 48th in the Tax Foundation’s 2018 State Business Tax Climate Index. Again. Back in 2012 I wrote about our lousy 48th ranking, and that was before Gov. Jerry Brown’s Proposition 30 passed, which dramatically increased sales and income taxes. And it was before the California Legislature passed yet another massive gas/diesel tax on the state’s drivers, making California’s the highest gas taxes in the nation.

By Katy Grimes - Friday, January 12, 2018 - Full Story

The Ranting and Raving of Irrational Liberal Race Card-Playing Columnists

Trumping the Race Card with Jobs
I just love watching and reading liberal Washington Post and New York Times columnists rant and rave over what they perceive to be a racist and white supremacist president.

These so-called experts see racism everywhere. Criticism of Obama’s mediocre presidency is racist. Criticism of Obamacare is racist.  Criticizing some Mexicans illegally crossing into America and engaging in rapes, murders and drug-dealing is also considered racist. And more recently, criticism of such failed and corrupt states as Haiti and certain African countries as “sh*tholes” is now considered, racist, too.

By Mitch Wolfe - Friday, January 12, 2018 - Full Story

Avoid the Amnesty Trap

Trump and the Amnesty Trap
This is a plea to President Trump to stand by his promises and avoid the amnesty trap that the Progressives are trying to lure him into.

Instead lead the congressional forces of those who want to make America great again.  Use every tool, every power you have to enact the fo0llowing:

  1. Ending chain migration and the visa lottery
  2. Mandating employer use of E-Verify
  3. Construction of a southern border wall
By Dr. Robert R. Owens - Friday, January 12, 2018 - Full Story

Maxine’s Troubled Waters

Maxine's Troubled Waters
Maxine Waters has represented, in the U.S. House of Representatives, a region of communities on the southside of Los Angeles since 1991. She is criticized for not even living in her district, one of four members of Congress in California to make the claim. However, truth be told, her lavish mansion in South Los Angeles used to be in her district, but redistricting shifted Waters and a few of her neighbors, into the 37th District now represented by Democratic Rep. Karen Bass. Waters now resides .1 mile outside the boundary of the district she represents.

Waters has spent many of those 37 years in Congress as head of the Black Congressional Caucus. Now, she’s also seen as a rockstar in the #resist movement. But, like the boundaries of her district, times have changed.

By Douglas V. Gibbs - Friday, January 12, 2018 - Full Story

Federal Court Order for FBI to Turn Over Comey Memos for Court Review by Next Week

Federal Court Order for FBI to Turn Over Comey Memos for Court Review by Next Week
(Washington, DC) – Judicial Watch President Tom Fitton made the following statement regarding last night’s ruling by United States District Judge James E. Boasberg that the FBI must turn over to the court for in camera, non-public review former FBI Director James Comey’s memos allegedly detailing conversations he had with President Donald Trump:

The court, in seeking to review the documents, shows it doesn’t trust the FBI or Justice Department’s representations about the infamous Comey memos. We hope now that Americans are one step closer to knowing the facts about these memos, which were written and leaked for pernicious purposes to target a sitting president with a criminal investigation. It’s high time they begin to see the light of day. We’re glad the court followed up on our specific suggestion that it review the documents directly.

By Judicial Watch - Friday, January 12, 2018 - Full Story

Jeff Bezos wants your toilet to be Alexa-enabled—because there’s just not enough surveillance

Jeff Bezos wants your toilet to be Alexa-enabled--because there's just not enough surveillance
Earlier today, Dan told you about that new GM “thing” that doesn’t have a steering wheel.  I hesitate to call it a car, because to me a “car” is something you drive. Whatever GM’s threatening to make, it’s not a car. Call it a conveyance, a transport device, or a rolling ride machine.  Just, please, don’t lump it in with the GTO, the Challenger, or the Mustang.  This, I’m sorry to say, “ain’t that.”

GM’s monstrosity is closer to the homicidal “Johnny Cab” than it is to a car.

By Robert Laurie - Friday, January 12, 2018 - Full Story

Project Veritas undercover video: Twitter employees explain how they censor pro-Trump content

Project Veritas undercover video: Twitter employees explain how they censor pro-Trump content
The thing about Project Veritas is that they don’t always know when they embark on one of their hidden-video sting operations if there’s really anything to sting. They made their reputation by taking down ACORN, and quite a takedown it was, as James O’Keefe and Hannah Giles got ACORN staffers to admit all kinds of misdeeds.

Some of the stuff since then has felt like desperate attempts to recapture the glory of the ACORN days, and the recent targeting of the Washington Post was a total disaster. Veritas was trying to fool Post reporters into jumping on a phony Roy Moore story to show that they weren’t scrupulous about running with unverified information.

By Dan Calabrese - Friday, January 12, 2018 - Full Story

Pelosi: Those $1,000 bonuses are ‘pathetic,’ ‘insignificant,’ and ‘crumbs’

Pelosi: Those $1,000 bonuses are 'pathetic,' 'insignificant,' and 'crumbs'
I don’t know about you guys, but if I get an extra thousand dollars in my paycheck, I’m ecstatic and grateful. A grand may not buy a car these days - even one that’s missing a steering wheel - but it’s a very nice chunk of change, particularly when it’s on top of your regular pay. If there’s anyone out there who doesn’t like an extra “Grover Cleveland” in his pocket, they’re free to send that cash my way.

I assume Nancy Pelosi will be one of those folks, since she’s so rich - so absolutely, fabulously, Thurston Howell the Third, wealthy - that she thinks a thousand-dollar bonus is “pathetic,” “insignificant,” and represents mere “crumbs” from the plate of your betters.

By Robert Laurie - Friday, January 12, 2018 - Full Story

Trump’s quarterly Iran headache

Trump’s quarterly Iran headache
It’s that time of the year again. In accordance with the Iranian Nuclear Agreement Review Act, by Sunday US President Donald Trump must either certify that Iran is complying with the nuclear deal his predecessor Barack Obama concluded with the Iranian regime, or he must announce that Iran is breaching the accord.

Last October, after angrily certifying compliance at his two previous deadlines, Trump decertified Iranian compliance.

Trump could have walked away from the nuclear deal by reinstating the sanctions on Iran’s oil and gas industries, its banking sector and other foundations of Iran’s economy that were lifted when the deal was implemented. Doing so would have effectively killed the nuclear accord.

By Caroline Glick - Friday, January 12, 2018 - Full Story

Trump to states: For the first time, you can impose work requirements on Medicaid recipients

Trump to states: For the first time, you can impose work requirements on Medicaid recipients
It’s long been part of populist conservative thinking that welfare recipients should be made to work in exchange for their benefits. It’s largely based on the not-entirely-true assumption that people on welfare are simply refusing to work, rather than failing to find it or keep it for all kinds of reasons you can’t fix simply by changing incentives. Anyway, it’s one of those “damn straight” type ideas that politicians often say they believe, but never actually do because it’s not that simple, or because there’s too much resistance, or . . . well, or because they never really intended to do it in the first place.

By Dan Calabrese - Friday, January 12, 2018 - Full Story

California Cities’ Shakedown of Oil Industry Wrought With Fraud

California Cities' Shakedown of Oil Industry Wrought With Fraud
Environmentalists claim global warming can be mitigated, but only if humans are forced to reduce greenhouse gas emissions. This pseudo-science is what California’s leftist politicians have adopted to control human activity, and the unelected bureaucrats at the California Air Resources Board based its cap-and-trade carbon auction program on.

Now, seven California municipalities—four cities and three counties—are suing Exxon Mobil Corp. and other major oil producers to force those companies to cover the costs and hold fossil-fuel companies responsible for climate-change costs of sea walls and other coastal infrastructure projects,  the Wall Street Journal reported earlier this week in “California Municipalities’ Debt Disclosures Contrast With Climate Warnings.

By Katy Grimes - Thursday, January 11, 2018 - Full Story

The shoe-horn Strategy of UN Globalist “Visioning”

The shoe-horn Strategy of UN Globalist Visioning
Our county in northern Virginia is probably one of the most compliant with the dictates of U.N. Agenda 2030. They have been so much ahead, counting on citizens not knowing what they are subscribing to. The District Supervisor urges residents in the New Woodbridge Vision, to “Go Green, Get Your Vision.” The vision, of course, is a smart development plan tailored to local needs but also United Nation’s “vision” of a global social engineering to control every human activity within the parameters they set out of what is and what isn’t sustainable.

Pushing smart development, Frank Principi, who was elected in 2008, describes the Vision of a New Woodbridge as a “mixed use, smart growth development that maximizes existing transit and prepares for new options.” This vision is mirroring the vision of U.N. Agenda 2030.

By Dr. Ileana Johnson Paugh - Thursday, January 11, 2018 - Full Story