Sunday, February 19, 2017

Friday Show 02-17-2017

Friday Show 2-17-17

Immigration Hawks Sweat Trump Labor Pick
Alexander Acosta, President Donald Trump’s replacement choice to run the Department of Labor, advocated for easier immigration and amnesty for people who previously had come to the United States illegally.
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Border Wall Could Save Taxpayers Five Times Its Cost Over 10 Years
Building a wall on the southern U.S. border could save taxpayers four to five times its cost over the next 10 years, a new report by the Center for Immigration Studies (CIS) shows.
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The Cost of a Border Wall vs. the Cost of Illegal Immigration
The findings of this analysis show that if a border wall stopped a small fraction of the illegal immigrants who are expected to come in the next decade, the fiscal savings from having fewer illegal immigrants in the country would be sufficient to cover the costs of the wall.
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Voter fraud? 2 million non-citizen Hispanics registered to vote
President Trump’s investigation of voter fraud in the wake of his claim that he would have won the nationwide popular vote if 3 million to 5 million illegal immigrants hadn’t voted just got a boost.
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THOMAS JEFFERSON STATUE DEFACED AT HIS OWN ALMA MATER
The College of William & Mary, the second oldest institution of higher learning in the country, was the alma mater of some of the most important figures in American history.
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Teachers filmed playing 'F---, marry or kill' about students keep their jobs
Parents at a US school are livid that six teachers filmed playing the game "f---, marry, kill" about students during a drinking session at a local bar have kept their jobs.
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WISCONSIN STUDENTS DEMAND FREE TUITION FOR BLACK STUDENTS
Black students should be offered free tuition and housing at the University of Wisconsin-Madison because blacks were legally barred from education during slavery and university remains out of reach for black students today, the student government said Wednesday.
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Tuesday, February 14, 2017

Show Notes 02-11-2017

Saturday Show 2-11-17

California boy, 7, saves $10G for college after starting recycling business
A 7-year-old California boy is being praised for his entrepreneurial skill and love for the environment after he made $10,000 by starting his own recycling business -- cash he said he's saving for college.
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Swarming crowds and hostile questions are the new normal at GOP town halls
Republicans in deep-red congressional districts spent the week navigating massive crowds and hostile questions at their town hall meetings — an early indication of how progressive opposition movements are mobilizing against the agenda of the GOP and President Trump.
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TRUMP SUPPORTERS WARNED IT'S TIME FOR SELF-DEFENSE
Are you ready to rumble? That’s the question the Knights of Socialism at the University of Central Florida used to advertise their new Leftist Fight Club, which is open to the entire campus – except Republicans.
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Black plastic covers windows, blocking reporters' views of Trump golfing
Reporters who are supposed to keep an eye on President Trump couldn't see him Saturday morning. White House reporters tasked with covering Trump tweeted they were holed up in a clubhouse basement of the luxurious Trump National Jupiter Golf Club & Spa.
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Right-to-work court case could have national impact on unions
A landmark right-to-work lawsuit playing out in Illinois has captured widespread attention amid expectations the case could land before the Supreme Court – and potentially have national implications for an estimated 20 million government workers.
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BIG PAYDAY AFTER STATE FIRES PASTOR FOR CHRISTIAN BELIEFS
The state of Georgia has agreed to pay $225,000 to settle a complaint that it illegally discriminated against a lay pastor who was fired by the state’s Department of Public Health, apparently because of the content of his sermons.
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Bill Nye to Target 'Religious Leaders,' 'Climate Deniers' In Netflix Show
Bill Nye, “The Science Guy,” is one of the media’s favorite global warming alarmists. He will star in a new Netflix show called Bill Nye Saves the World which will debut in the Spring of 2017.
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District tells teacher: Put faith 'into folder hidden in desk'
The U.S. Supreme Court is being asked to fix the outcome of a series of hearings and rulings in the lower courts that erupted when a New York school district told one teacher, under threat of dismissal, to keep her faith in “a folder to be kept hidden in her desk.”
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Fed-up cop blows whistle on immigrant crime
A Swedish police officer and senior investigator in the serious-crimes division is under internal investigation after taking to Facebook to describe his work week and the nationalities of those he has to deal with.
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Georgetown Islamic Studies Professor: Slavery OK, So is Non-Consensual Sex
A professor at Georgetown University is teaching his students that men do not need consent to have sex with women, and that slavery is justifiable under Islamic teachings.
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Show Notes 02-10-2017

Friday Show 2-10-17

Triple treat: Eclipse, comet, full moon all coming Friday night
Skywatchers will enjoy a rare space triple-header Friday night and early Saturday morning: A "penumbral" lunar eclipse during the full "snow" moon — and the flyby of a comet.
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LL Bean offers employee buyouts, ends contributions to company pension plan
L.L. Bean announced on Thursday that it would offer voluntary buyouts to eligible employees in 2018, discontinue contributions to the company’s pension plan and expand its parental leave benefit.
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Fed board member Tarullo announces resignation
Federal Reserve board member Daniel Tarullo, a key official guiding bank regulation efforts, will resign this spring, the Fed said Friday.
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NY Times to launch finance probe unit looking at Trump White House
The New York Times is preparing to intensify its focus on the business ties and financial dealings of President Trump and his cabinet officials, sources inside the Trump administration told the FOX Business Network’s Charlie Gasparino.
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Venezuelans killing flamingos and anteaters to stave off hunger amid mounting food crisis
Venezuela’s food crisis has gotten so bad that people are apparently killing pink flamingos and other protected animals in order to stave off hunger.
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Venezuela, Russia cement ties during high-profile Moscow meetings
The Venezuelan government received a pat on the back from Russia Monday, with its foreign minister expressing the Kremlin's strong support for Nicolas Maduro's socialist rule and a willingness to expand the existing bilateral cooperation.
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Tuesday, February 07, 2017

Show Notes 02-03-2017

Friday Show 2-3-17

History of The Statue of Liberty
America probably could not have won its freedom from the British during the American Revolution without the help of the French. France provided arms, ships, money and men to the American colonies.
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History of The Statue of Liberty
The Statue of Liberty was not a gift from France to America. We have all heard the shorthand that implies that the statue was exchanged government to government.
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Symbols of The Statue Of Liberty
Torch: The torch is the strongest symbol that Bartholdi incorporated into the Statue. In fact the Statue's real name reflects its true meaning: "Liberty Enlightening the World".
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Emma Lazarus
The year was 1883 when Emma Lazarus, a young, high society New York poet and the descendant of Jewish immigrants, was asked for a favor.
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Emma Lazarus
Emma Lazarus was born into a large Sephardic-Ashkenazi Jewish family, the fourth of seven children of Moses Lazarus and Esther Nathan. The Lazarus family was from Germany and the Nathan family was originally from Portugal and resident in New York long before the American Revolution.
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AMERICA'S UNIQUE RELATIONSHIP WITH THE JEWS
After seven centuries of Islamic occupation, which included episodes of forced conversions and massacres, Ferdinand and Isabella drove the last of the Muslims out of Spain in 1492 – the same year they sent Columbus on his voyage to find a new route to India and China.
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Military Convoy Flying Trump Flag Belonged to SEAL Unit
The military convoy spotted on Sunday flying a Donald Trump flag near Louisville belonged to an East Coast-based SEAL unit, a Navy spokesperson told ABC News.
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Reservist Sentenced to Home Confinement for Threats to Mosque Members
Federal prosecutors say a North Carolina man was sentenced to eight months of home confinement after pleading guilty to charges that he threatened members of a mosque.
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Obama Pentagon official says anti-Trump military coup now possible
In an editorial penned for Foreign Policy, senior Pentagon policy official Rosa Brooks publicly suggested a military insurrection against the Trump administration may be the only option to oust one of the most divisive presidents in American history.
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Tuesday, January 31, 2017

Show Notes 01-28-2017

Saturday Show 1-28-17

Mexicans launch boycotts of US companies
The digital image shows a clenched fist bathed in the red, white and green of Mexico’s flag and decorated with the nation’s emblematic eagle. “Consumers, to the Shout of War,” it says in Spanish above the fist. “Consume products made in country…Use your buying power to punish the companies that favor the politics of the new U.S. government.”
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Trump aide hits back at AFT president over secretary of educational Top Donald Trump aide 
Kellyanne Conway on Thursday hit back at Randi Weingarten, the president of the American Federation of Teachers, for criticizing the selection of Betsy DeVos for Education secretary. Weingarten on Wednesday called DeVos, a wealthy school-choice advocate, "ideological" and "anti-public ed."
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California lawmakers want third option for Id’s
Democratic lawmakers on Thursday introduced a bill supporters say would make California the first state to add a third gender option on state identifying documents.
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FedEx driver saves American Flag from protesters trying to burn it
A FedEx driver saved an American Flag from protesters who were trying to burn it on Thursday. The protesters had gathered at the pedestrian mall in Iowa City, Iowa.
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Establishment in full meltdown over Trump refugee orders
President Donald Trump signed an executive order Friday that will pause the resettlement of Third World refugees in the United States for 120 days while a system of “extreme vetting” is put in place.
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New U.S. U.N. envoy warns allies: back us or we'll take names
The new U.S. ambassador to the United Nations, Nikki Haley, pledged on Friday to overhaul the world body and warned U.S. allies that if they do not support Washington, then she is "taking names" and will respond.
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Record number of people caught trying to bring guns on planes
The Transportation Security Administration found a record number of guns in carry-on baggage in 2016, and a staggering 83 percent of them were loaded. According to the TSA, which released its annual review on Thursday, 3,391 guns were found in checked bags in 2016.
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Hill Republicans try to ease purchase of gun 'silencers,' as NRA-backed Trump arrives
Congressional Republicans are trying to change federal guns regulations to make buying a silencer, or suppressor, easier. But critics don’t agree with the argument that the proposed legislation is a safety measure to prevent hearing injuries.
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Pope Francis: ‘Liberation Theology Was Good for Latin America
In a controversial interview, Pope Francis has publicly defended Liberation Theology, calling it a “positive thing” in Latin America. In his lengthy interview last week with the leftist Spanish daily El PaĆ­s, the Pope said that “Liberation Theology was a good thing for Latin America,”
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Feds Still in Cover-up Mode: Ft. Lauderdale Airport Shooter Indictment Omits Terrorism
A grand jury in south Florida just indicted the Ft. Lauderdale Airport shooter, but the feds are still in cover-up mode so terrorism isn’t even mentioned though an FBI agent testified in court that the attack was carried out on behalf of the Islamic State of Iraq and Syria (ISIS).
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Sunday, January 29, 2017

Show Notes 01-27-2017

Friday Show 1-27-17

The man who went from prison to founding a state
Early in his career, Eugene of Savoy, under the command of Polish King Jan Sobieski, helped defeat 200,000 Muslim Turks on Sept. 11, 1683, thus saving the city of Vienna, Austria.
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Media Matters Says It Is Secretly Working with Facebook to Fight ‘Fake News’
Left-wing advocacy group Media Matters for America has been quietly working with social media giant Facebook to combat what the group describes as “propaganda” and “fake news,” internal documents reveal.
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Planned Parenthood Abortion Clinic CEO Retires, Says Killing Babies “is Just No Fun Anymore”
After 15 years of running one of the Planned Parenthood abortion businesses’ top affiliates, the CEO of Planned Parenthood of Indiana and Kentucky is retiring. Betty Cockrum recently said that running the abortion business is just no fun anymore.
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Nigeria: Babies used in suicide bombings, officials warn
Female suicide bombers in Nigeria are now carrying babies to avoid detection in their attacks, authorities warn. An attack in the town of Madagali on 13 January saw two women detonate their devices, killing themselves, two babies, and four others.
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The Department of Homeland Security (DHS) has temporarily suspended
refugee interviews overseas, according to a new report. The DHS’s decision to suspend staff trips to conduct the interviews effectively pauses future refugee admissions amid speculation that President Trump may drastically change U.S. refugee policy, Reuters said Thursday.
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US halts refugee resettlement interviews: report
President Donald Trump has a plan for controlling the number of Syrian refugees flooding into Europe. “I’ll absolutely do safe zones in Syria,” Trump told ABC’s David Muir Wednesday.
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An Army Veteran’s Open Letter to President Obama Regarding PFC Manning

Dear President Obama,

My name is MAJ(R) Matthew Wadler. I served honorably for just over 20 years. During that time, it was my distinct privilege to serve in a multitude of organizations and specialties. This included starting my career as a young paratrooper with the Military Police Corps at Fort Bragg and a deployment to Somalia. That was a unique and educational experience for me in ways that I would not come to understand for many years to come.

After six years of service to our nation, I applied for and received an Army ROTC scholarship. This was a momentous occasion for me, as I felt that I would be able to have much more of an impact as an officer in service to America. During the next 15 years, I was blessed to have served in many unique positions. This includes my time as a Field Artillery Officer at Fort Bragg where I had my first deployment to Afghanistan, then as a Recruiting Company Commander, followed by Assistant S1 for the 4th BCT (Currahee Brigade) out of Fort Campbell (where I had my second Afghanistan deployment), the Brigade S1 for the 15th Sustainment BDE at Fort Bliss, and finally back to recruiting as a Battalion XO and S3.

During my time in the military, I have always held the highest regard for the office of president. I believe that anyone who ascends to the office of president is no longer really a person. They are the embodiment of all that America signifies. Who you are as a person no longer matters. From now until the end of time, you are the physical embodiment of the United States of America. Just based upon that alone, you are given respect and honor without the need to have brought honor upon yourself.

I may have disagreed with your decisions politically. In fact, I cannot honestly not think of a single decision that you have made in accordance with your official capacity that I have actually agreed with. For example, when you lowered yourself to not only campaigning for Hillary Clinton but making snide comments to Trump (“At least I will go down as being a president”), I basically ignored it. Or when earlier in your presidency you called out the police for “[acting] stupidly,” and then later made the office of the president look moronic for completely misrepresenting the facts, I basically blew it off. I was even able to overlook how you stated that there was a red line with Syria that you ignored, allowing countless people to die a horrible death and doing nothing about it, making us look pathetically weak to our enemies and allies alike. Even with all of this, you were my president, and I respected the office you held. After all, with the oath I took, I swore to protect the Constitution against all enemies, and you were the gatekeeper of that oath.

However, I am no longer sure that I can look at the office in the same light. During my career, I would have sacrificed my life in order to save a brother or sister in arms. This is not something I would want to do, nor is it a price I would pay without regret. I would also have given my life to protect and uphold the Constitution, for I believe that this document has led to immense good in the world and has been a light to those in need since our inception. I would have done it then and would still to this day do so because of a belief in the honor and commitment all servicemen have to their oath. It is an oath that we are never relieved from, whether we are 20 or 85. It is an oath that we have seen paid in blood and tears and death, both by our brothers and sisters and to our enemy.

So hopefully you will understand the shock and horror I felt when my president—the man who is supposed to be the standard-bearer for the Constitution—commuted the sentence of a traitor. Someone who is solely without honor or virtue. You are our leader, the commander in chief. We follow your orders because we know at the end of the day you will hold true to the values we are supposed to emulate: loyalty, duty, respect, selfless service, honor, integrity, personal courage. How could you turn your back on the men and women who have bled and died on your command?

Let us look at Bradley Manning for a moment, Mr. President. PFC Manning took classified documents because he apparently wanted to stop the war by showing just how convoluted and horrible war can be. What he actually did was potentially cost the lives of his fellow soldiers. The democratic party wants to parade President Trump as a recruiting tool for the Islamic terrorists, yet how many killers did this turncoat help to recruit? How many men and women will never again return home due to him? Of course, this is not a concern of yours. After all, there will always be a round of golf to help take your mind off such things of inconsequential magnitude.

Again, Manning professes his desire to show the horror of war, yet we already know of this, or at least the warriors who are suffering from his cowardice do. Combat is horrible and awful. It leaves scars that run deep and permanent. But that is not your concern, Mr. President. You don’t need to understand the effect war has on those who engage in it. We volunteered to take on that badge for the rest of the nation. We don’t ask for you pity or remorse. What we ask is that you honor our sacrifice by ensuring our values are kept sacred and that when one of our own violates them, they are punished swiftly and with absolute justice.

How can you expect the men and women who are fighting your wars to keep faith when they know that you are not going to punish those who betray them? During my second tour in Afghanistan, my unit lost a soldier on a mission. I had never met this man, and to this day I could not identify him even if I saw a picture of him. However, his death haunts me often. See, he was killed by an insurgent who had become an Afghanistan police officer. He was actually shot in the head from behind, so he never even had a chance to defend himself. Why would this soldier’s death affect me so much? It was when I discovered from his platoon leader that he died on his young daughter’s birthday and that she was expecting a call from her daddy, who was deployed on your orders, Mr. President. This is the gift you give to her and all of those who lost parents, brothers, sisters, etc. Her life will always be missing something because of the sacrifice he was willing to make. And you honor that sacrifice by allowing a war criminal to go free. Not even just a war criminal, but a former brother in arms for whom any of us would have given our lives.

President Obama, I cannot begin to express to you the outrage and betrayal I feel. My nation has turned on all of us who swore to protect it—remember you are not a man anymore but the embodiment of all that this great nation represents. I don’t expect any of this to affect you. I don’t believe you lower yourself to feel the pain of those who followed your orders into battle. Nor can I envision you actually concerning yourself with the opinion of one lowly veteran. However, with all of that said, I never believed you would so blatantly spit in our faces either. I guess the joke is on not just me, but all of us who have served under you.

Matthew Wadler is a Senior OpsLens Contributor and U.S. Army veteran. Matt served in the Army for 20 years as both enlisted and officer before retiring. His service includes time as Military Police, Field Artillery, Adjutant General, and Recruiting. His deployments include Somalia and two tours to Afghanistan. His formal education includes a master’s degree in HR Management. He is a strong supporter of the constitution and advocate for the military and veteran communities. Follow Matthew on Twitter @MatthewWadler.
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