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Encore of Revival: America, April 10, 2017

Senate Democrats are now making noises about 60-vote cloture being removed for legislation. The cloture rule was removed 55-45 for Supreme Court nominees. Why Democrats have brought up the discussion for removing the cloture rule altogether remains a mystery, unless they expect to use fear as a preventative tactic in 2018. However, once an idea is introduced, even if by fear, the idea is up for valid discussion. Had Democrats hoped to retain cloture for legislation, they should have allowed Republicans to bring it up first. Now, elimination of the cloture rule altogether is inevitable.

The White House is in somewhat of a shakeup. Chief “Strategerist” Steve Bannon is getting shuffled, but no reasons seem to be valid. We may not find out the real reasons for at least two years, once the presses cool off, the stakes aren’t as high, and people aren’t so tight-lipped about inside baseball.

Trump ordered a 59-Tomahawk cruise missile strike on Syria after 80 were killed with nerve gas. The missiles targeted what was thought to be the base for the gas attack. Russia is also on the scene. The nerve gas was banned under the Chemical Weapons Convention.

Putin responded with his usual worldview of nationalist, socialist victimhood. Whatever he and his crew resort to is necessary because of what the West took from them in the zero sum game. Putin is a true Hitler—gentle and endearing as a teddy bear who never raises his voice before his audience, compassionate, polite, never rude, never tough to critique directly, only strong to march behind, and everything he does is excused by what “they did to us”.

Syria’s use of banned chemical weapons could have been a ploy all along, by the Russians and their allies, to draw Trump’s action to justify escalation. Though it may have been bait from the Russian’s view, it might have been brilliant for Trump to tell the world that the US isn’t pantie-whipped anymore and to draw Russia’s attention to the Middle East while the USS Carl Vinson carrier group goes to North Korea.

Nearly 100k jobs were created in March alone, over 200k in February. An accurate presidential poll—Investor’s Business Daily—ranked Trump at 34% approval. Since Trump took office, Americans have only seen two results: a boom in jobs and an onslaught from the news industry. The people haven’t heard much from Trump directly because he is too busy keeping promises, no matter how politically controversial those promises are.

With good and bad news, people’s political opinions haven’t changed; they have only strengthened. And, that strengthening is just now getting started.

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Cadence of Conflict: Asia, August 29, 2016

The battlefronts are solidifying. China has expanded into cooperation with Russia, aircraft engine manufacturing, and diplomatic arenas.

G20 is a hoped-for tool that could make China an international giant. China wants in on Syria, just as the US and Russia may be reaching something to label as an “agreement”. While China has managed to insult and be insulted by many of the G20 countries, Beijing still believes that the important G20 diplomatic moves wait on the road ahead instead of in the past.

The timing of launching its own aircraft manufacturer should raise eyebrows. Taiwan, a US customer of the market-dominant F-16, which the US has not delivered on in the last several years, held secret talks with China, which the US wasn’t even invited to. This happened under the KMT-Nationalist administration, which just saw a crippling defeat, except for recent, small election on Taiwan’s east coast. The opponent, DPP, took control of both Taiwan’s presidency and legislature over the last six months. Now, with China’s secret-talk door closed to a US F-16 customer, China starts manufacturing its own engine parts. Why now? Did China get all the technology plans they were ever going to, one way or another? Is it just coincidence? Why is China also snubbing Russia?

The greater suspicion is the vaguely-defined cooperation between Russia and China. If the two countries are such great friends, why is China not buying more aircraft from Russia? Why go into competition with the US’s aircraft competition?

All of these questions point to a demonstrable worldview inside Beijing. The what and why and means can be largely debated and rarely proven. But, all paths lead to a path-based worldview. China sees cooperation with Russia just as it sees cooperation with nearly everyone else: Just another stepping stone. And, the stepping-stone builders are literally building rocks to walk on in the sea.

China’s motive is known only to the Chinese puppet masters and God Himself. But, no one should think for a moment that China plans—for good or ill—to stop with control of their nine-dash line in the South Sea.

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December 2, 2015

Soros group banned from Russia over national security (RT)

Inside politics: Strike force, Obama, Dems, House, Pentagon, Syria, Russia, talk of nuclear threat (NR)

Record: 185K gun sales on Black Friday (USA Today)

SCOTUS to rule on Obamnesty earlier than usual: 2016 will see “United States v. Texas, 15-674” (Bloomberg)

FBI a joker in the Clinton deck (Hill)

Hillarymail: 2016 tabs at State Dept. (POLITICO)

Talk Smart: 11 Words and Phrases Successful People Refuse to Say (Inc)  · · · →

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November 26, 2015

Internet v FCC goes back to DC Cirtuit, judges, review, background, the scoop (WP)

Russia responds to Turkey by bombing ISIL, review of situation (Yahoo-Reuters)

Russia’s & Turkey’s very peaceful response, de-escalation anticipated (Guardian)

History: The Statue of Liberty Was Originally a Muslim Woman (Smithsonian.com)

Speaking of Turkey…

Happy Thanksgiving: Truth, History & Ideologies (Jesse Steele)

Have a Happy, Politics-Free Thanksgiving (National Review)

How to Talk to Your Relatives About Politics at Thanksgiving (NY Times)

How to talk to your family about politics this Thanksgiving (WP)  · · · →

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November 25, 2015

Chicago police-teen shooting Laquan McDonald from 2014, protests (ABC)

NATO, Turkey airspace, downed Russian jet… mess. (WP)

The southern border rout for refugees, Nepal, Syria, Somalia, Pakistan, the scoop… (Guardian)

Obamnesty case conflicts with normal SCOTUS schedule, WH wants exception (Bloomberg)

More “clie-mate” scandal, NOAA, govt. scientists, ongoing (WP)

Shootings & numbers, Quartz tries spin, but proves Trump’s point: Here are four charts on race and murder in America to tweet back at Donald Trump (QZ)

…Trump will go up in polls again, thanks to Quartz  · · · →

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November 20, 2015

House Dems break rank w Obama: 289-137 to halt refugees (LI)

Syrian wives: Refugee men cowards, deserters (UK Mail)

Obama doesn’t read intel reports (RS)

EU diplomat: An entire government regards Obama mentally ill (WJ)

Trump heckler attempted bombing Marine recruiter (GP)

Ohio: Wrong lane-change, traffic stop, credit card fraud, 5 foreign Muslims in county jail (GP-FOX)

Now ISIL with chem weapons (WJ)

NOAA jumped the gun on ‘clie-mate’ reports (GWPF)

GMO salmon (Vox)

Dupside Own: Border wall? More Mexicans are leaving the U.S. than arriving. (WP)  · · · →

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November 19, 2015

Angry Obama (WP)

Limbaugh’s response (EIB)

Five Syrians in Honduras, stolen passports, US-bound (Yahoo-AFP)

8 Syrians caught at Texas border (Breitbart)

TSA bats 250, 95% failure rate (Today)

15 ‘citizen terrorists’ immigrants (Daily Caller)

Get ready: “Heaven and earth condemn them”—China mourns its first citizen killed by ISIL  · · · →

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November 17, 2015

27 Governors reject Obama refugees, executive order (CNN)

US Congress to defund Obama refugees (FP)

France, Germany’s right wing demand immigrant halt (UK Mail)

Battle of professors: Carson knows more about Syria than Obama? (AP)

Obama uses the Nixon defence: “I’m too busy” (WA Times)

CIA: Spying is solution (FP)

West: Paris was Snowden’s fault! (POLITICO)

Feinstein disagrees with Obama (POLITICO)

Goals, Dreams & Priorities: Facebook will be ‘better than humans at vision, hearing, language, and general cognition’ in a DECADE, Mark Zuckerberg claims (UK Mail)  · · · →

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November 6, 2015

TPP trade deal ‘erodes’ online rights (TC)

TPP full text (ustr.gov)

Russians going at it in Syria: 263 targets, 2 days (RT)

France’s largest warship off to Iraq (BBC)

The Limbaugh article everyone is talking about (Nat’l Review)

4 lessons of hope: How This Entrepreneur Fought Her Depression and Built a $300 Million Business  · · · →

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October 21, 2015

SC Trumped

10-15 polls, Trump 25%, Carson 22%, Rubio 13%

Trump on FOX Biz: Jeb, cancel passports, foresaw 9/11

Buchanan on Establishment hurtles to oust Trump

Reid for Ryan

Syria; Russian airstrike kills 45 w rebel leader

Talk of town: Canada’s new ‘Liberal’ PM

…PM Justin Trudeau and liberal.ca

…Threatens TPP, remains ‘undecided’

…Bloomberg: Canada’s situation

Now History: What ‘Back to the Future II’ got right about tech in 2015  · · · →

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October 6, 2015

Hillary gets punchy

Trump—Rubio’s new water boy

Sheriff in Roseberg, OR to Biden: No gun control, won’t enforce, locals support him

SYRIA—Now, Russian Special Forces

Snowden turns himself in, no answer

Carly—the beltway fav

@Jack is back @Twitter!

Cured: How traditional Chinese medicine finally won its Nobel Prize  · · · →

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