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President Donald Trump’s $4.8 trillion budget proposal presented to Congress today boosts funds for the military and veterans and implements mandatory reforms for all agencies in an attempt to cut the deficit by $4.6 trillion over the next decade.

“Over the past 3 years, my Administration has worked tirelessly to restore America’s economic strength,” the president says in the 138-paged document’s introduction. “We have ended the war on American workers and stopped the assault on American industry, launching an economic boom the likes of which we have never seen before.

“We are growing faster than the experts thought possible. The unemployment rate is at 3.5 percent, the lowest it has been in 50 years. And more Americans are working today than at any point in our history.“

The budget emphasizes the administration’s emphasis on implementing better trade deals, requesting $740.5 billion for national defense, invests $5 billion toward combating the opioid epidemic, including $1.6 billion for State Opioid Response grants, ensures continued regulatory relief, and emphasizes energy independence.

Mandatory reforms agencywide include eliminating allocations to the Housing Trust Fund and Capital Magnet Fund, improving payment accuracy government-wide, reforming federal disability programs and improving payment integrity, and reforming medical liability.

Mandatory reforms are categorized by federal agency. The U.S. Department of Agriculture, for example, is tasked with eliminating in-kind international food aid, establishing fees for food safety and inspection services and forest service mineral program cost recovery, and reforming SNAP by reducing waste, fraud and abuse, among other directives.

The U.S. Department of Education is tasked with creating a single income-driven student loan repayment plan, eliminating account maintenance fee payments to guaranty agencies, eliminating public service loan forgiveness and subsidized student loans, reducing improper payments made through Pell Grants, and limiting graduate and parent student loans.

The budget addresses “unsustainable federal deficits and debt,” which it says, “are a serious threat to America’s prosperity.” Gross federal debt exceeds more than $23 trillion. In 2019, the deficit was $985 billion – the largest since the Great Recession – and will surpass $1 trillion this year.

“By 2021, the United States will be spending more money on paying for the debt than for the budgets of the Departments of Veterans Affairs, Justice, Homeland Security, and the National Aeronautics and Space Administration combined,” the budget states.

The president has proposed decreasing deficits and the national debt by cutting spending in every budget he has submitted to the Congress, the White House claims.

The federal government’s overall financial condition worsened by $4.5 trillion in 2018, according to an analysis from government financial watchdog Truth In Accounting (TIA).

With assets of $3.84 trillion, the federal government’s unfunded liabilities and debt totals $108.94 trillion, leaving a debt burden of $105 trillion.
“Our elected officials have made repeated financial decisions that have left the federal government with a debt burden of $105 trillion, including unfunded Social Security and Medicare promises,” TIA states. “That equates to a $696,000 burden for every federal taxpayer.”

“This Administration’s Budgets have proposed more spending reductions than any other Administration in history,” the White House says. “This year’s Budget includes $4.4 trillion in savings – bringing deficits down each year, and putting the Federal Government on a path to a balanced budget in 15 years. This spending restraint includes targeted reductions and eliminations of low-value programs, and a number of policies to improve payment accuracy and eliminate wasteful spending in mandatory programs.”

“Unfortunately, the Congress continues to reject any efforts to restrain spending. Instead, they have greatly contributed to the continued ballooning of Federal debt and deficits, putting the nation’s fiscal future at risk,” the White House adds.

As a result, the budget implements another approach to “real spending restraint” by seeking to eliminate waste, fraud, and abuse by agency spending patterns.

Bethany Blankley
The Center Square

Sunday, 02 February 2020 14:57

FM Beach Town Hall Meeting

FMB Neighbors;
 
Click link below to see this Thursday's agenda at the 9am Town Council Management & Planning Session. One link is just the agenda, the next link is the back up material for those who want it.
 
They'll be discussing "Branding" our Town, the Sheriff's Captain Matt Herterick will be there to discuss traffic and public safety, a presentation on design concepts for Time Square, Bay Oaks, & Bayside Park (I hope a Veteran's Memorial is in there), town lights on Estero Blvd, amendment to the code regarding fences, walls gates..., review of listed uses for Places of Worship & Religious facilitates, Comp Plan & LDC scope review, Minor structure in the EC zone, compliance policy discussion (doesn't say what kind of compliance)
 
 
At the last meeting they said they were adding the rewritten NEW Island wide Ordinance on Vacating Public Right of Ways etc to this Planning Session, it was added late so its not on the agenda, but an important topic island wide and especially for those living near beach and bay accesses, or who have right of ways in your neighborhood. 
 
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(239) 849-3603
 
  Agenda   

ADAM SCHIFF, ALEXA SCHIFF, ERIC CIARAMALLA, MICHAEL ATKINSON. JOHN CARLIN, NANCY PELOSI, JERRY NADLER, all need to appear before a Federal Grand Jury to answer a few questions…as soon as the Impeachment process is over.

Adam Schiff, early on, stated under oath that he doesn’t know who the Whistle Blower is, that he never talked to him and he never met him. He also said that the Whistle Blower heard the President’s conversation with the Ukrainian President and told a 2nd NSI employee who told a third party who reported his concerns. That is exactly what Adam Schiff said and it’s probably true!?

ACIG Mike Atkinson, reported he took Eric Ciaramalla’s compliant even though it was not in accordance with Whistle Blower Rules that the complainant be 1st hand …so Atkinson changed the form to be able to take a noncompliant, complaint. Why? DOJ refused the complaint because it didn’t follow the “direct evidence” Rule so Atkinson took either Ciaramalla or just his complaint to Congress possibly with NSD Director John Carlin’s help.

Eric is reportedly the boyfriend of Adam Schiff’s daughter, Alexa . If that is true then the following all falls in place, nice and neatly making a perfect RICO case and makes very good sense…and it is a criminal conspiracy, several RICO predicate crimes.

Let’s call #1 the Whistle Blower, #2 the relay person and Eric… Schiff’s informant. I believe that Person #1 listened first hand to the two Presidents phone call. If he didn’t, it makes the case even better because it is then Fraud all the way through!  Person #1 told #2 that he believed the call was illegal. At this point I believe we have #1 and #2 (Dumb and Dumber) trying to figure out what to do as I am certain that neither #1 ,#2 or Eric had any idea what Quid Pro Quo means. They (1 &2), consult with someone and go to Eric (Dumber Yet) .

Eric tells his story to Alexa Schiff, Adam’s daughter, who absolutely has no Secret- Classified Clearance and absolutely no business knowing what two Presidents discussed privately.

It’s a Felony for Eric to tell Alexa anything NSI, it’s a Felony for Eric to leak, it’s probably a Felony for #1 to tell #2 to tell Eric! Just because they all work for an Intelligence Agency , an oxymoron, doesn’t mean they can talk about what the President says at the water cooler.

Alexa then told her Daddy…Adam Schiff, another Felony. Most Congressmen have no Security Clearances, none. Some on special committees do. Schiff violated numerous conditions that his clearances are based upon, leaking being high on the list!

What we have is two or more people, working to the same goal; to overthrow, impeach and remove a Duly Elected President and overturn our Constitutional Republic by Mail Fraud, Wire Fraud, Espionage and other predicate crimes and interfere in a Presidential Election to place their choice in the oval office, without any Direct evidence of a crime, violating the President’s Constitutional Rights under the 6th and 14th Amendments. They did so through a pattern of Racketeering Activity with the common goal to remove and replace a duly elected President with someone of their choosing.

They did this for the financial benefit of retaining their high paying jobs.

Mr President…this is not a game nor the time to show any compassion…direct AG Barr and Director Wray to do a Grand Jury investigation. We all heard your Attorneys declare how illegal the Impeachment is… even their attorney, Mr Dershowitz, said their actions violated the law and the Constitution…what more do we need? There must be consequences or there will never be an end to their illegal acts.

Also, don’t let James Comey or Hillary go…get them charged.

WE, THE AMERICAN PEOPLE, DESERVE TO HAVE A JURY DECIDE IF ANY OF THESE ELECTED OFFICIALS ARE GUILTY OF CRIMINAL ACTS…NOT ANY LAWYER  WHO DOESN’T BELIEVE THERE IS  CRIMINAL INTENET…THERE WAS NO GOOD INTENT!  DON’T BE SURPRISED IF YOU HAVE A HARD TIME FINDING 12 IMPARTIAL CITIZENS… WE ARE  REALLY, REALLY PISSED AT CONGRESS!

 

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Saturday, 01 February 2020 20:12

FM Beach Town Hall Meeting On Monday Feb 3rd

Fort Myers Beach Neighbors;
 
Click link below to see this Monday's agenda at the Town Council meeting.
 
If any of these subjects concern you or your neighbors, come out and speak at public comment.
 
Please note they are rushing through an ordinance that would change the way we vacate OUR public property, it is basically a copy/paste from the City of Fort Myers - no rational or careful consideration or even discussion about why their ordinance should replace our current ordinance.
 
No mention of it on the agenda management.
 
The Dune Walkover Rehearing is also on the agenda and a number of other things. Check it out below.
 
Tracey
(239) 849-3603
 

ONE OF MY READERS JUST SENT ME THIS…

 (NOTE- No One has been identified as a Whistle Blower by any official source…by law, a Whistle Blower MUST have personal knowledge)

“ERIC CIARAMELLA the whistle-leaker coordinated with Adam Schiff, ICIG Atkinson and Vindman to give false, and misleading evidence to bring down a duly elected President. That is sedition. Remember ICIG had to first take the case to the DOJ, because it didn’t meet the whistle-blower criteria. The DOJ said it was not a legal complaint and was not actionable. ICIG Atkinson, who was council for FBI-NSD John Carlin who falsified evidence to get a FISA Warrant before Carlin came under scrutiny for his conduct, slithers over to the CIA to be ICIG. This snake ICIG Atkinson altered the Whistle-blower form, after the fact, allows the Whistle leaker to shop his story to congressman Schiff (who probably helped him write it) and we get the most politically motivated Schiff show in history. They both deserve a quick, public treason trial, a cigarette, a blindfold and, a long life in leaven worth, 6’x6′ cell, no possibility of parole. Adam Schift to follow.”

As much as I could, I verified some of this info and put credence to it because all the details line up with the many well known facts! You be the judge.

For example;

On Oct 4,2019- Real Clear Politics’ writers, wrote about the infamous 7-25,19 call between Pres Trump and Ukraine Pres Zelenskiy, that there were concerns about that call by an unnamed member of the intelligence community through a so-called “whistleblower complaint.” 

Remember, we all could read the transcript of that same call, which is the Best Evidence, under the Federal Rulers of Criminal Procedure. By way of explanation, the best Evidence, in this case, works like this;1-recording with testimony by personal knowledge of participant,2-transcript with testimony by person(s) with personal knowledge,3-testimony from memory of  person with knowledge 5- hearsay, for any reason, not admissible. 

“Now, concerns are being raised about whether the complaint, which is not based on first-hand knowledge (it’s all hearsay), should have even been considered, at all. What’s going on? “

At the time of the Trump-Zelenskiy call, the ICIG’s policy unequivocally required that, in order for a Whistle Blower Complaint, to be deemed credible, a complaint “must be based on first-hand knowledge”, and the Whistle Blower must have firsthand knowledge to fall under Whistle Blower protection..


Under federal law, a member of the intelligence community can file a whistleblower complaint with the Intelligence Community Inspector General (ICIG) with respect to an “urgent concern” relating to an intelligence activity under the authority of the director of national intelligence. If the ICIG deems the complaint credible, he reports it to the Director of National Intelligence, who in turn informs the Senate and House intelligence committees.(Enter Mr Schiff…my opinion)

This complaint was Hearsay from the beginning…no question about it and either 2nd, 3rd, or maybe 4th person removed.

“On Sept. 30, ICIG Michael Atkinson issued a news release acknowledging that, under the policy existing when he received this complaint, he could not have deemed it credible and reported it to the director of national intelligence. Instead, he admitted, he processed the complaint under a policy allowing second-hand information — a policy that “he” did not establish until after he received that complaint.”

Atkinson created this new policy to cover himself, and to discredit the President…my opinion!

According to research and a column written by Jeff Carlson for TheMarketsWork on 5-21-18;

 Before the NSC, John Carlin was Chief of Staff for then FBI Director Bob Mueller…remember him? Carlin was confirmed as Assistant Attorney General in spring 2014. He resigned under a cloud as Assistant Attorney General – and Head of the Department of Justice’s National Security Division (NSD) on 10-15-2016.Carlin announced his resignation one day after he filed the Governments 2016 Section 702 certifications.

“His filing would be subject to intense criticism from the FISA Court following disclosures made by NSA Director Rogers. Significant changes to the handling of raw FISA data would result.”

Section 702 of the FISA allows the government to conduct surveillance of Foreigners outside the US.

The NSD – with notice to the ODN to report any incidents of Agency noncompliance or misconduct to the FISA Court.

Again, John Carlin was head of the NSD.

The entire details of what happened is in Jeff Carlson’s excellent column in TheMarketsWork 5-21-18.

The bottom line , Carlin failed to notify the FISA Court of FISA abuses which according to the above sources, were taking place regularly during Carlin’s tenure…under OBAMA. He failed to report the results of the 1-7-16 Inspector General Report of FISA abuses to the Court in his 2016 Certification.

Also noteworthy is on 10-21-16- DOJ and the FBI received a FISA warrant authorizing the over- hear of US Citizen Carter Page. The FISA court was unaware of the 702 Disclosure violations.

It’s most probable that Carlin helped on the Page warrant and either knew or should have known it was “salacious and unverified” and flawed warrant!

Attorney General Barr must rapidly move forward, after the President is acquitted, as I believe he will be, and start indicting people.

Anyone can see that failing to bring elected officials to answer for crimes committed, by those who have been identified as corrupt, during Obama’s tenure, has embolden people in the House who have been plotting to overthrow our government since BEFORE this President was even elected.

Understand this… the certain members of the House of Representatives attempted to overthrow this President… they attempted to overthrow our Rule Of law. Did they follow our Rule of Law? That’s an attempt by the Speaker of the House and specific named members of the House who plotted, without due cause, to remove this President. There must be consequences! That is Espionage- Conspiracy to interfere with the ability of the President to faithfully carry out the duties of the President.

Bring all of them before a Federal Grand Jury staring with Eric Ciaramella, Schiff, Waters Tliab, Pelosi, et al, then when done with the House players call the Bidens, Poroshenco and Shokin, and move on to Hillary ,her staff and keep going,.

Why aren’t James Comey and McCabe and Strzok, etal, indicted Mr Barr?

There is PC right now, without any further investigation, to indict James Comey and you know it…so why are you not gathering GJ testimony. I arrested and convicted people with half the PC and evidence there is on Comey…

Mr President please don’t allow Barr to do to you what Sessions did. Had Sessions not recused himself and prosecuted those who needed to be prosecuted and nailed Hillary, you would NOT be in the position you have been in during your entire tenure! “If he got Hillary he can get anybody…we better not mess with him”…my opinion!

Replay Tliab’s famous “intent statement”, before even being sworn in. That’s criminal intent to overthrow our Constitutional Republic. Couple that with Schiff, Pelosi ,Waters, Schumer, et al, statements and tell the American people there wasn’t a pre -determined intend to create a way to overthrow our Rule of Law.

I almost forgot to help out Nadler. Your Bank Robbery example on welcoming an eye witness after all the evidence has been entered shows your obvious lack of trial experience. A prosecutor never puts forth more witnesses that he needs to prove the case…never. Ask Mr Dershowtiz or any of “our” lawyers to explain why. They are all very trial savvy. You were wise to hide Hunter Biden and Eric Ciaramella.

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The 3,000-square-foot exhibit, entitled The 19th Amendment: How Women Won the Vote, will open to the public on June 10 and feature nearly 100 artifacts from the era

 

                Philadelphia, PA - On June 10, the National Constitution Center will open The 19th Amendment: How Women Won the Votetracing the triumphs and struggles that led to the ratification of the 19th Amendment. The exhibit will feature some of the many women who transformed constitutional history—including Elizabeth Cady Stanton, Alice Paul, and Ida B. Wells—and will allow visitors to better understand the long fight for women’s suffrage.

                “The ratification of the 19th Amendment extended the Constitution’s promise of equal citizenship to women, underscoring the core values of the Declaration of Independence and the Constitution,” said National Constitution Center President and CEO Jeffrey Rosen. “The National Constitution Center is thrilled to open an exhibit that will inspire and educate visitors about the visionary women who worked to secure this landmark amendment, which prohibits discrimination in voting rights ‘on account of sex.’”

                The 3,000-square-foot exhibit will feature nearly 100 artifacts, including Lucretia Mott’s diary, a rare printing of the Declaration of Sentiments from the first women’s convention at Seneca Falls, a ballot box used to collect women’s votes in the late 1800s, a letter from jail written by a White House picketer, Pennsylvania’s ratification copy of the 19th Amendment, as well as various “Votes for Women” ephemera. A selected list of confirmed artifacts is featured below.

                Beginning in the 1840s, The 19th Amendment: How Women Won the Vote will trace the roots of the women’s rights movement in early reform work and the ultimate decision to pursue voting rights. It will highlight the constitutional arguments and historical context of the fight for suffrage over 70 years, as well as the tactics suffragists used to persuade state legislatures and the national government to recognize voting rights for women. To experience these tactics, visitors will be immersed in the large-scale parades and White House picketing that defined the final few years of the movement. The exhibit will also feature a media interactive that will enable visitors to explore the state-level campaigns for suffrage, as well as a separate interactive capturing the debates for and against a national women’s suffrage amendment. The story will culminate with the ratification of the 19th Amendment—where visitors will be able to view Pennsylvania’s own copy of the amendment—and trace its impact, including the push for equal rights that followed ratification in 1920.

                As part of the Drafting Table, a feature of the National Constitution Center’s Interactive ConstitutionThe 19th Amendment will also include a third media interactive allowing visitors to explore the creation and drafting of the 19th Amendment text and the key events that led to its eventual ratification. This interactive will also be incorporated into the Center’s online Interactive Constitution platform, which has received more than 30 million views since its launch and will ensure key content in the exhibit is accessible to classrooms across America.

                Building on the National Constitution Center’s newest permanent exhibit, Civil War and Reconstruction: The Battle for Freedom and EqualityThe 19th Amendment: How Women Won the Vote will explore the continuing quest to extend the equal liberty promised by the Declaration of Independence and the Constitution to African Americans and women. The exhibit will examine how the women’s rights movement grew alongside the anti-slavery movement and ultimately gained momentum during Reconstruction as part of the ongoing battle for freedom and equality for all. The 19th Amendment will also feature a one-actor theatrical performance based on the words of Frances Ellen Watkins Harper, a key African American writer and activist who was integral to the 19th-century anti-slavery and suffrage movements.

                To assist in the development of The 19th Amendment, the National Constitution Center assembled a diverse panel of America’s leading scholars to serve as an advisory board. Scholars include Bettye Collier-Thomas, professor of history at Temple University; Gail Heriot, professor of law at the University of San Diego; Reva Siegel, Nicholas deB. Katzenbach Professor of Law at Yale Law School; and Lisa Tetrault, associate professor at Carnegie Mellon University.

                The exhibit has been supported by the Horace W. Goldsmith Foundation, John P. & Anne Welsh McNulty Foundation, Mauree Jane and Mark W. Perry, The McLean Contributionship, and SteegeThomson Communications. Additional exhibit details will be posted to constitutioncenter.org/upcoming-exhibits when available.

                The 19th Amendment: How Women Won the Vote is a key component of the National Constitution Center’s Women and the Constitution initiative, a yearlong effort to convene America’s top women leaders and scholars to examine the historical and constitutional background of the 19th Amendment and the importance of equal citizenship for women today. The initiative will include a series of public programs, podcast episodes, and special events. The Center is also a proud partner of Vision2020’s Women 100, a celebration of American women in the year 2020, in honor of the 100th anniversary of the 19th Amendment.  

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About the National Constitution Center

                The National Constitution Center in Philadelphia brings together people of all ages and perspectives, across America and around the world, to learn about, debate, and celebrate the greatest vision of human freedom in history, the U.S. Constitution. A private, nonprofit organization, the Center serves as America’s leading platform for constitutional education and debate, fulfilling its congressional charter “to disseminate information about the U.S. Constitution on a nonpartisan basis.” As the Museum of We the People, the Center brings the Constitution to life for visitors of all ages through interactive programs and exhibits. As America’s Town Hall, the Center brings the leading conservative and liberal thought leaders together to debate the Constitution on all media platforms. As a Headquarters for Civic Education, the Center delivers the best educational programs and online resources that inspire citizens and engage all Americans in learning about the U.S. Constitution. For more information, call 215-409-6700 or visit constitutioncenter.org.

Highlights from a confirmed list of artifacts follows.

Confirmed Artifacts

 

  • Declaration of Sentiments from the first women’s rights convention at Seneca Falls, 1848 (Anonymous Collection)
  • Lucretia Mott’s diary from the World Anti-Slavery Convention in London, 1840 (Friends Historical Library of Swarthmore College)
  • Reproduction of the Petition for Universal Suffrage, 1866 (National Archives)
  • Ballot box used to collect women’s votes, ca. 1870-92 (Collection of Ronnie Lapinsky Sax)
  • “Vote YES on the woman suffrage amendment” poster, 1915 (On loan from The Galbraith Family 2012 Trust)
  • Letter from Philadelphia suffragist Dora Lewis—a White House picketer—written from jail, 1917 (The Historical Society of Pennsylvania)
  • American Red Cross armband, ca. 1917-18 (National WWI Museum and Memorial)
  • “As a War Measure” suffrage broadside, ca. 1918 (Frank Amari, Jr.)
  • Pennsylvania’s ratification copy of the 19th Amendment, 1920 (Pennsylvania State Archives)
  • Poll tax receipt, 1922 (National Constitution Center Collection)
  • Reproduction of the Voting Rights Act, 1965 (National Archives)

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The latest, lawless migrant caravan hurtling from Honduras to our southern border is as organic as AstroTurf.

The Central American trespassers now number between 2,500 and 4,000. Two weeks ago, slickly designed flyers disseminated on social media beckoned them to sign up for the latest journey and meet at a bus stop in San Pedro Sula. That village is caravan ground zero, where Honduras's destabilizing Libre Party and its former top legislator-turned-agitator Bartolo Fuentes, have brazenly spearheaded past caravan organizing campaigns since President Donald Trump took office.

On Monday, the throngs reached the Mexico-Guatemala border, where mobs of mostly young men threw rocks and sticks at police -- while sympathetic international "journalists" selectively captured and curated tired women and crying children on the trek with state-of-the-art cameras and livestreams.

Make no mistake: These are not desperate people suddenly seeking refuge from violence and harm. They are low-wage workers, pew-fillers and future ethnic-bloc voters being exploited by Big Business, the Vatican and the Democrat Party.

Pueblo Sin Fronteras may be the most recognizable name behind the caravans, but global Catholic elites play a central role in the coordination of this transnational human smuggling racket.

Trump-bashing, American sovereignty-trashing Pope Francis donated $500,000 nine months ago from his Peter's Pence fund to assist illegal immigrant caravan participants. The subsidies cover "27 projects in 16 dioceses and Mexican religious congregations" for "housing, food and basic necessities," as well as "migrant" assistance programs "run by seven dioceses and three religious congregations: the Scalabrinians, the Sacred Hearts of Jesus and Mary and the Hermanas Josefinas," according to the Catholic News Service.

As I have reported on my investigations in "Open Borders Inc.," the Catholic "Underground Railroad" of migrant safe houses that extend across Central America, through Mexico, and up to and into the U.S. is a well-oiled machine. The United Nations' International Organization for Migration in Mexico has guaranteed supplies of medicine, hygiene products, construction materials, as well as therapy services and legal training, for caravan marchers who are housed at the Hermanos en el Camino shelter, along with the Catholic-run Hogar de la Misericordia shelter and Jesus el Buen Pastor del Pobre y el Migrante shelter. Funding comes not just from Catholic parishioners, but also U.S. tax dollars. The La 72 shelter in Tenosique is run by Franciscans. The El Caminante shelter in Palenque is overseen by Catholic nuns. The Scalabrinians operate Casa del Migrante in Tijuana and have managed an entire shelter ministry network since 1999.

On the southern border of Mexico in Chiapas, the city of Tapachula is the first entry point for Central Americans headed to the U.S. There, the Fray Matias de Cordova Human Rights Center provides "comprehensive support" to illegal immigrant travelers including legal consultations, monitoring of detention centers and "online resources, art and social activities, job training, and basic social services." The group has received nearly $200,000 from the liberal MacArthur Foundation.

Also in Tapachula, the Jesuit Refugee Service opens its churches and pastoral centers to provide shelter, monetary aid, voluntary aid and emergency assistance. Its team of lawyers, psychologists, social workers and Jesuit clergy spread from Tapachula to Comalapa and Mexico City. JRS staff served as sherpas for the 2018 caravan marchers and liaisons with the U.N. High Commission for Refugees.

Jaime Calderon Calderon, the Catholic bishop of Tapachula, Mexico, immediately pledged aid this month to the newest waves of border-jumpers and river-crossers, openly acknowledging that he received a heads-up from other bishops in the Northern Triangle (Guatemala, Honduras and El Salvador). But while Calderon and the bishops blame "violence" for the most recent invasion, homicide rates have either fluctuated or fallen significantly in Guatemala, Honduras and El Salvador since Barack Obama's executive amnesty programs (DACA and DAPA) were announced in 2012.

Migrants themselves refute the "fleeing violence" narrative: An International Organization for Migration poll of more than 3,200 Guatemalan households in 2016, highlighted by the Center for Immigration Studies' Kausha Luna, reported that 91% of migrants surveyed had moved to the U.S. for economic reasons (jobs, homes, income boosts) -- while only 0.3% blamed violence, 0.2% cited extortion and 0.2% attributed their decision to gangs.

It's all about the dinero. Central American workers, legal and illegal, sent back nearly $20 billion in remittances to their home countries in 2018, a tidy sum of which will end up back in Catholic collection plates. Remittances sent to El Salvador are now equal to 20% of its GDP; Guatemala, 11%; and Honduras, 18.8%. Meanwhile, the percentage of the population of Guatemala now living in the U.S. is close to 7%; for El Salvador, the percentage now stands at 22%; and for Honduras, we now have absorbed 9.2% of their people.

This is a deliberately orchestrated, relentlessly executed, slow-motion criminal invasion. If my fellow Catholics continue to aid and abet these illegal immigrant gravy trains without consequences, American sovereignty doesn't have a prayer.

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Wednesday, 29 January 2020 08:26

Iran’s Provocations And The Patience of Trump

Impeachment proceedings and trial have been in full swing for several weeks, and as the Democrats tried to do with Judge Kavanaugh – something new seems to be thrown at the President about every day. Along came a series of recent events involving Iran and those actions were added to the top of the Trump’s pile of alleged transgressions.

Few critics have bothered to line up Iranian vs. U.S. tensions, or actual military incidents during Trump’s presidency, to objectively evaluate his decisions and their future implications. This is a brief commentary on some of them.

Trump pulled out of Obama’s 2015 nuclear “agreement” with Iran and resumed economic sanctions for several reasons. It wasn’t a real agreement or treaty because Iran wasn’t a signatory, and the U.S. Senate did didn’t approve it because of bi-partisan objections.

The monitoring process was absurdly ineffective. Iran could easily delay scrutiny because of lenient procedures for dispute resolution and could dodge scrutiny by declaring certain military facilities off limits for inspections. Nevertheless, Obama had sweetened the nuclear deal with over a billion dollars of “unfrozen Iranian funds” which most agree ended up funding Iranian

General Suleiman’s Quds force.

In May 2019, Iran began responding with actions intended to create chaos and crisis in the U.S. For example, Iran detonated mines on one Norwegian-flagged, and three Saudi oil tankers.

The U.S. had conclusive video proof, but Iran never acknowledged involvement. Trump limited this response to a warning.

Soon thereafter, in June 2019, Iran boldly shot down an unarmed U.S. surveillance drone. After considering a retaliatory airstrike, Trump decided not to attack Iranian troops because no lives had been lost in the drone incident. He concluded that would be disproportionate, so he chose cyber-attacks and additional sanctions instead.

In September, Iran instituted an attack on Saudi oil facilities using drones and cruise missiles. While much damage was done to the facilities, Trump responded with what is referred to as “soft power sanctions.” That refers to measures more modest than military action or damaging economic sanctions.

Apparently because previous actions didn’t result in crisis, chaos, or severe military retaliations, Iran rocketed a joint U.S.-Iraqi air base and killed an Iraqi-American contractor. That went over Trump’s red line. He responded by ordering airstrikes on Iranian supported militias, killing 24 and wounding many more. That was in late December, just a few weeks ago.

Furthering their attempt to stir up criticism and chaos around Trump, General Suleimani planned and carried out an attack on the U.S. Embassy in Baghdad. You can be sure they were attempting to conjure up memories of the Benghazi incident in which several Americans were killed, including our Ambassador. Iran probably wanted Trump to over-react by ordering a massacre of the fighters attacking the embassy. That didn’t happen.

Trump initially ordered in Marine troops which ended the attack peacefully, and on January 3, 2020 ordered the fatal attack on the leader, General Suleimani and a militia leader. We’ll never know for sure, but Trump was convinced more embassy attacks had been planned by Suleimani.

Iran followed with a futile retaliatory rocket attack on U.S. Iraqi bases with no fatalities. Then came the embarrassing unintentional Iraqi missile attack on a Ukrainian commercial airliner, killing 176. Of course, Trump’s critics blame that on his mishandling this recent series of Iranian incidents.

Most democrats claim Trump overreacted in his recent decisions regarding Iran. As with so many controversies surrounding Trump, it’s just a matter of politics and “personal opinion” whether one supports his actions or not.

My opinion is, this series of incidents seem to support, beyond any shadow of doubt, that Trump’s Iran actions have been patient and proportionate. I believe he did a good job of balancing restraint and force and that he seriously wants a peaceful solution in arriving at a non-nuclear Iran.

(If you want to review this subject further, there are many easy to find sources. Two brief commentaries were most valuable to me in writing this article. Appearing in the online publication “CASMII” you’ll find “The history of Trump vs. the IRGC.” And Johnathan R. Keiller assembled a brief compilation of U.S./Iran conflicts and incidents. It appeared in “American Thinker.”)

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“We caught up with Tim Beasley, a Tribute entertainer who will be coming to Fort Myers Beach next month to the Entertainment Center at the Moose Lodge on San Carlos Blvd. He will be doing tribute to Johnny Carson and Rod Stuart

He told us that as a young teenager in the mid-1960s he began watching ‘The Tonight Show Starring Johnny Carson.’ "It was the most popular late-night TV program in the world. Doing quite well with my grades in school, my Mom allowed me to nap in the early evenings so I could stay up for “the grown-up fun” of Johnny Carson interviewing the most exciting entertainers, and also laugh whole-heartedly at his comedic genius! This led me to re-enact Johnny’s ‘cheeky’ monologues every day at lunchtime as my school chums howled with laughter…I knew this was my calling! At age 24, on New Year’s Eve 1976, I premiered my first professional “Johnny Carson” comedy show in a Roanoke, VA nightclub called G.D. Graffiti’s. It was the beginning of a grand career!”

I told him that I remember watching the show 'Copy Cats' when was a kid which was the first time I ever saw Rich Little do his impersonations and was I amazed at all the impersonation some of the actors did, he told me he has developed over 100 different impersonations? “I was always a fan of the great impressionists Will Jordan, Frank Gorshen, Rich Little and others.

Beginning with ‘Johnny Carson’ my audiences were always asking for their favorite stars, and so with that I would take the most popular requests and would learn those stars’ moves, voicings and manners. Then as an actor underneath all of my voice experiences I realized that with props, makeup and costuming I could “walk out in full dimension” as those stars…This was very popular with my audiences…and as “new requests” came along, I added to my “cast.”

He has performed national convention centers that include as the Mandalay Bay Convention Center and Las Vegas Convention Center in Las Vegas. Also the convention centers in Pasadena, Cleveland, Myrtle Beach, Richmond, Virginia Beach, Walter E. Washington in DC, Kansas City MO, Coronado Springs Disney World, many more. Also has played at historic hotels and resorts such as The Homestead Hot Springs VA, The Menger Hotel San Antonio TX, The Renaissance Glendale AZ and again many more. He also has performed in theaters like the Mishler of Altoona PA, the Williamsburg Theater Williamsburg, VA and the Wayne Densch Performing Arts Center of Sanford FL and smaller venues like the entertainment center as well.

He is a pleasant gentleman and likes to meet his fans and attendees and closed our meeting with "I’m considered “retirement age,” but I do enjoy performing and entertaining so much that I see quite a few more years of being on the stage! My good health is my vehicle, and there’s a lot of life left on the treads! Thank you, and I hope to see you at my upcoming area show!!!"

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Wednesday, 29 January 2020 08:18

Iranian Girl Beats Einstein in Terms of IQ

An Iranian school girl has scored 162 – the highest number ever – on the Mensa IQ test, beating renowned scientists of the history.

That means 11-year-old Tara Sharifi is well above the so-called ‘genius benchmark’ of 140.

Her score is also two points higher than the estimated IQs of physicist Albert Einstein and cosmologist Professor Stephen Hawking.

“I was shocked when I got the result – I never expected to get such a good score,” she said.

Tara took the test in Oxford and had to answer questions within a set time. It was a non-verbal test which focused on Tara’s ability to understand the meanings of words.

“It was a joint decision between me and my parents to take the test,” she said. “It will be a wonderful opportunity to meet other people within the Mensa system,” Tara added.

Tara now qualifies for membership of Mensa, also known as the High IQ society, and says she looks forward to meeting other members of Mensa at some of the organisation’s gatherings.

“I have told some of my friends at school and they were really impressed,” she added. “When I am older, I would like to do something related to mathematics.”

“I am extremely proud but very surprised at how well Tara scored,” said her father. “I figured she might do well when we watched TV and she would get math questions before the contestants,” he added.

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