OTTAWA, ON (February 14, 2019):  A recent series of speeches, articles, and debates is provoking big questions about deficits and debt. Do they matter? Should we care? Has the past political emphasis on balancing the budget been misguided?

A new commentary paper by MLI Munk Senior Fellow Sean Speer titled Deficits, Debt, and the Right Path for Fiscal Policy: A Framework for Smaller Government aims to answer these questions as we approach the upcoming federal budget.

By Macdonald Laurier Institute - Thursday, February 14, 2019

What is a ‘national emergency,’ and how can Trump use it to fund border wall?

President Trump is hoping to avoid another lengthy government shutdown over funding for a border wall, vowing to sign a border security compromise package and declare a “national emergency” to complete his oft-repeated campaign promise.

Trump has repeatedly demanded more than $5 billion for a wall along the U.S.-Mexico border. When he campaigned for president, he often promised Mexico would pay for the wall. Democrats have refused to capitulate to Trump’s budget demands, and House Speaker Nancy Pelosi has rejected what she calls an “immoral and hateful obession” with building a border wall. —MORE…

By Fox News - Thursday, February 14, 2019

Trump will sign border security bill, declare national emergency, White House says

President Trump is prepared to sign the border security compromise package on Capitol Hill to avert another government shutdown and will declare a national emergency to obtain funding for the border wall, the White House announced Thursday.

“President Trump will sign the government funding bill, and as he has stated before, he will also take other executive action - including a national emergency - to ensure we stop the national security and humanitarian crisis at the border,” White House press secretary Sarah Sanders said in a statement. “The president is once again delivering on his promise to build the wall, protect the border, and secure our great country.”—More…

By Fox News - Thursday, February 14, 2019

Lawsuit means Chicago Obama center plan no sure thing; judge says he will rule on legal challenge in

Odds may still favor the eventual construction of former President Barack Obama’s $500 million museum and library in a public park along Chicago’s lakeshore, but it’s no longer a sure thing in the face of a formidable legal challenge by a parks advocacy group.

U.S. District Judge John Robert Blakey is hearing arguments Thursday in Chicago on a key motion by city attorneys to toss a lawsuit by Protect Our Parks that aims to halt the Obama Presidential Center from ever being built in the selected location.—More….

By News on the Net -- Chicago Tribune- Thursday, February 14, 2019

McCabe Admits his Treason!

In a move that veritably boggles the mind, fired FBI’er Andrew McCabe has admitted his role in the—mercifully—ineffective coup against President Trump and his administration…aka government.  In an interview scheduled to air on next Sunday’s “60 Minutes,” McCabe detailed his and his FBI co-conspirators parts in the planned, plotted and implemented attempted coup against legally-elected President Trump—using a fake Russian dossier.  Mueller’s and Rosenstein’s parts in the scheme were for Rosenstein to appoint former FBI Director Mueller to the position of Special Counsel to investigate Trump.  This position requires that a crime be listed before the investigation may go forth.  There was never—and still isn’t—any crime listed.  As I’ve written in several columns, this investigation was illegal from its inception.  Still…no one in the government has made any attempt to stop it!  That, coupled with the fact that the now-infamous “dossier” against Trump was made up out of whole cloth and that Russian Agents were hired by the Hillary Clinton campaign to write it should—at the very least—cause the arrests of the perpetrators via US Marshall’s office.

By Sher Zieve - Thursday, February 14, 2019

Barack Obama, Hatred of America Originator, Hangs On To Maintain It

Barack Obama, Hatred of America Originator, Hangs On To Maintain ItThe corrosive hatred of America now being seen on daily display did not come hurtling from out of nowhere overnight.

It has been cultivated and nurtured from the get-go by a president both in and out of office.

Hatred of America had been out there festering on the sidelines for decades until Senator Barack Hussein Obama came along to exploit it to the nth degree.

By Judi McLeod - Thursday, February 14, 2019

‘Unclonable’ tag combats counterfeiters

'Unclonable' tag combats counterfeiters
Discovering that your new designer handbag or gold watch is a fake is costly and annoying, and counterfeit medical devices or drugs could have even more serious consequences. But seemingly as soon as manufacturers develop a new method to ensure product authenticity, counterfeiters find a way to outsmart it. Now, researchers have created an “unclonable” tag that can never be replicated, even by the manufacturer. They report their results in ACS Applied Materials & Interfaces.

By American Chemical Society - Thursday, February 14, 2019

Forgetting Why We Fought in Afghanistan

Forgetting Why We Fought in AfghanistanSome of you might say that we were fighting the Taliban because they are an Islamic terrorist organization that harbored Al Qaeda. We sought to eliminate the base of operations they maintained in Afghanistan, but somewhere we got distracted and started nation building. We lost our enemy focus and should have sent a clear message to Pakistan that the Taliban is the enemy, and if harboring the enemy, we will pursue them. If the Taliban does not respect borders, neither shall we. Choose with whom you have an alliance, the US or the Taliban.

When we saw that Osama Bin Laden was hiding in plain sight in Abbottabad, Pakistan — a massive compound — the same city where the Pakistan Military Academy is located, we should have sent a message. The Pakistani ISI, their intelligence agency is not friendly to us. As a matter of fact, there is plenty of evidence of their “collusion” with Islamic jihadists.Let us not forget, the Taliban butchered people, beheaded them, stoned women to death, refused to allow girls to get an education, and even shot Malala Yousafzai in the head for being a vocal proponent for girls’ education.

By Allen B. West - Thursday, February 14, 2019

Hibernating hamsters could provide new clues to Alzheimer’s disease

Hibernating hamsters could provide new clues to Alzheimer's disease
Syrian hamsters are golden-haired rodents often kept as house pets. Cold and darkness can cause the animals to hibernate for 3-4 days at a time, interspersed with short periods of activity. Surprisingly, the hibernation spurts of these cute, furry creatures could hold clues to better treatments for Alzheimer’s disease (AD), according to a recent study in ACS’ Journal of Proteome Research.

By American Chemical Society - Thursday, February 14, 2019

LG’s OLED TV offers spectacular picture quality

LG's OLED TV offers spectacular picture qualityIf you have some reasonably substantial after-Christmas cash left over – or at least a decent line of credit – and Santa didn’t bring you that new TV you wanted, LG is more than willing to ride to your rescue via its latest OLED TV’s.

I was lucky enough to play with one recently and now I won’t be happy until one takes up residence permanently at Chateau Bray. Or until the next generation comes along…

By Jim Bray - Thursday, February 14, 2019

Darling, a Little Chocolate for a Little Amour?

Darling, a Little Chocolate for a Little Amour?Hmm, should I order flowers, maybe consider a romantic candlelight dinner, or a box of chocolates? This year, chocolate wins after reading an article from the highly respected Nutrition department at Tuft’s University. So, what’s good and what’s questionable about chocolate on Valentine’s day?

I believe readers will agree that we need a lot more love in this troubled world. The Aztec Indians thought so too. They considered chocolate an aphrodisiac.  The story goes that Montezuma consumed a huge chocolate drink before visiting his harem.   

Alas, this is more fiction than science. A chemical called phenylethylamine is present in chocolate and does play a small part in emotional arousal. But studies show that eating chocolate does not increase the level of this chemical in the brain.

By Dr. Gifford Jones - Thursday, February 14, 2019

McCabe says he ordered the obstruction of justice probe of President Trump

Soon after speaking to President Trump about the firing of his boss James Comey, Andrew McCabe, who became the bureau’s acting director, began obstruction of justice and counterintelligence investigations involving the president and his ties to Russia. In his first television interview since his own firing, McCabe tells 60 Minutes’ Scott Pelley he wanted those inquiries to be documented and underway so they would be difficult to quash without raising scrutiny.

“I was very concerned that I was able to put the Russia case on absolutely solid ground, in an indelible fashion,” McCabe tells Pelley in the interview. “That were I removed quickly, or reassigned or fired, that the case could not be closed or vanish in the night without a trace.”—More…

By News on the Net -- CBS News- Thursday, February 14, 2019