On January 27th of this year The New York Times published a scathing editorial, cleverly disguised as a “news article”, trashing Trump for saying that something was rotten in Brussels.
The NYT, and the offended countries should now admit that they should have taken Donald’s warning seriously, not as a insult to their egos.
Today, they paid the price.
Here is the original NYT “article” from 1/22/2016:
LONDON — He incensed Paris and London by saying that some of their neighborhoods were so overrun with radicals that the police were too scared to enter.
He raised Scottish tempers by threatening to pull the plug on his investments there, including his luxury golf courses, if British politicians barred him from entering Britain.
Now Donald J. Trump has upset the already beleaguered people of Belgium, calling its capital, Brussels, “a hellhole.”
Asked by the Fox Business Network anchor Maria Bartiromo about the feasibility of his proposal to bar foreign Muslims from entering the United States, Mr. Trump argued that Belgium and France had been blighted by the failure of Muslims in these countries to integrate.
“There is something going on, Maria,” he said. “Go to Brussels. Go to Paris. Go to different places. There is something going on and it’s not good, where they want Shariah law, where they want this, where they want things that — you know, there has to be some assimilation. There is no assimilation. There is something bad going on.”
Warming to his theme, he added that Brussels was in a particularly dire state. “You go to Brussels — I was in Brussels a long time ago, 20 years ago, so beautiful, everything is so beautiful — it’s like living in a hellhole right now,” Mr. Trump continued.
For Belgians, already reeling from recent terrorist plots and a chronically dysfunctional government, Mr. Trump’s words were enough to induce a fit of pique worthy, in some cases, of Mr. Trump himself.
Before long, the hashtag #hellhole was gaining traction on Twitter as Belgians lashed out at Mr. Trump, deploying an arsenal of insults, irony and humor, including images of Belgium’s beloved beer and chocolate.
One Twitter user posted a picture of Mr. Trump with what appeared to be a Belgian waffle stuffed in his mouth.
“This is my hellhole,” Joseph Lemaire, a Brussels-based public relations consultant, posted on Twitter, along with several photos, including one showing the capital’s central square, the Grand Place or Grote Markt, which is flanked by stately 17th-century buildings from the city’s prosperous mercantile days.
Another Twitter user, called BerlayCat, posted an image of a gang of cats playing the drums in the Grand Place. “This is not Brussels hellhole,” the user wrote — a reference to “This Is Not a Pipe,” the title of a painting by the Belgian Surrealist master René Magritte.
A Twitter user using the name Berlaymonster (Berlaymont is the headquarters complex of the European Commission in Brussels) posted what appeared to be a modified version of the Wikipedia entry for Dante’s “Inferno.” The list of chapters showed Limbo, Lust and Gluttony. The fourth chapter? Brussels.
The hashtag #hellhole quickly gained traction on Twitter as Belgians responded with insults, irony and humor, including images of Belgium’s beloved beer, chocolate and french fries.CreditFrederik Buyckx for The New York Times
Belgium has come under scrutiny for failing to tame growing radicalization. Éric Zemmour, a French writer, recently suggested in an interview that rather than bombing the Islamic State’s self-declared capital of Raqqa, Syria, France should bomb Molenbeek, the working-class district in Brussels where several of the Paris attackers lived.
Most Belgian officials reacted with quiet defiance. “We don’t react to Mr. Trump’s comments,” the office of Mayor Yvan Mayeur of Brussels said in an email. “Have a nice day.”
Rudi Vervoort, the president of the Brussels region, said through his spokeswoman that he was surprised by Mr. Trump’s words. “We can reassure the Americans that Brussels is a multicultural city where it is good to live,” said the spokeswoman, Leonôr da Silva, listing the city’s virtues: green spaces, a tolerant culture and its central place in Europe.
Jean-Philippe Schreiber, a historian at the Université Libre de Bruxelles, said Mr. Trump was stirring up xenophobia. Brussels has its problems, he added, but Mr. Trump’s “hyperbolic” comments were not worthy of a response.
Indeed, Belgians could be forgiven for their sense of wounded pride. First, there is the beer, the galaxy of Michelin starred-restaurants, and a thriving design and art scene. Brussels also hosts its beloved Manneken Pis, a 17th-century bronze statue of a little boy urinating.
Channeling Mr. Trump’s provocative swagger, Mark Meirsman, a Belgian who works for the European Parliament, but who emphasized that he was writing in his personal capacity, wrote on Facebook that Mr. Trump should stand next to the Manneken Pis the next time he finds himself in Brussels (though not, Mr. Meirsman stressed, as president).
“Thank you for insulting the population of an entire European city. My city!” Mr. Meirsman wrote. “O.K., maybe it’s not the cleanest one, the best organized one but a hellhole?”
At 85 and still going strong, William Shatner is more than an iconic television and film actor: he’s a living pop culture legend.
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Even if you’re not a Star Trek fan (hard as that may be to imagine), you know William Shatner. The actor of stage and screen has been on the scene for almost 65 years, effortlessly immersing himself in pop culture. His portrayal of Captain James T. Kirk in the original Star Trek series is as fun and engrossing today as it was 50 years ago. Shatner has created a legacy anyone would be proud of—and at 85, it doesn’t look like he’s stopping anytime soon. Celebrate his birthday with these moments that make William Shatner the icon he has become.
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Some of the best parts fell on the cutting room floor!
Some things simply defy description. William Shatner performing Elton John’s “Rocket Man”is one such thing. Although this event has been parodied throughout the years (most memorably on Family Guy), the original has to be seen to be believed. Shatner’s strange, somewhat unsettling rendition of the song will leave you spellbound and speechless. It’s a disaster (and a good example of why his music career never quite took off), but easily one of the most mesmerizing disasters you’ll ever see. Shatner has taken all the ribbing with much good grace, and even poked fun at his own performance. It’s proof that a bad rendition can still become a classic.
Shatner Owns The Studio!
In the recording Studio with some junior director. The guy should have kept his mouth shut.
The Twilight Zone
The Twilight Zonewill go down in history as one of the most disturbing shows on television. Instead of relying on cheap shocks and gore, this iconic program preferred to plumb the depths of the human psyche and feed on our deepest fears. In this classic episode, we see a young Shatner terrified of flying and the recesses of his own mind. The effects are outdated, but the terror remains palpable—helped in no small part by Shatner’s panicked performance.
Let’s be clear: Star Trek was a revolutionary television show that featured political commentary lightyears ahead of its contemporaries, had a level of diversity onscreen that is still all too rare, and set the stage for some legendary careers (and lifelong friendships, including the one between the late Leonard Nimoy and Shatner). It remains one of the best and most beloved science fiction franchises ever, and it all started with the original series.
That being said, it had some unbelievably corny moments and jaw-droppingly bad effects. The fight between Captain Kirk and the Gorn in the episode “The Arena” highlights everything comically awkward about this classic show. Don’t worry, they reunited years later to settle their differences.
Sarah Palin’s Tweets
Actors and politics don’t always mix, but William Shatner providing a dramatic reading of former Alaskan Governor Sarah Palin’s Tweets is a thing of beauty. His ultra-serious, intensely dramatic rendition was hilariously on-point, both mocking his own overblown style as well as the sometimes incoherent Tweets she was sharing with the world. Whatever your political affiliation, it’s almost impossible not to appreciate this deadpan performance.
Shatner plays a white racist in this excerpt from the 1962 Roger Corman movie, Intruder is often hailed as Corman’s best movie.
With all the humor and self-deprecation, it’s easy to forget that William Shatner is indeed a consummate actor and professional. His role as Denny Crane in the hit show Boston Legal allowed him to stretch his acting chops as well as tickle our funny bones. And in this classic scene where his best friend and colleague played by James Spader is held at gunpoint, Shatner reminds everyone that he can still kick butt and take names—no matter what his age may be.
The union for the 18,000 men and women who patrol America’s border has praised Republican presidential candidate Donald Trump as the “only candidate” who supports their thankless work.
A statement from Art Del Cueto, president of Local 2544 of the National Border Patrol Council, said the union has a long-standing practice of not endorsing any presidential candidates, but wanted to make clear that Trump has a different perspective from other candidates.
“The National Border Patrol Council and Local 2544 are pleased to inform voters that Mr. Trump is the only candidate that has publicly expressed his support of our mission and our Agents,” the union statement said. “He has been an outspoken candidate on the need for a secure border and for this we are grateful.”
“The American public has continually called for a secure border and Donald Trump has promised to make this desire a reality,” the statement said, adding that the Trump campaign had asked about getting the perspective of a border patrol agent and taking a tour of the border, something the union would be pleased to do. “Donald Trump is the only candidate who has expressed this interest.”
“We are confident that the National Border Patrol Council’s longstanding message about the unsecured border and much needed support for our agents will be received well by Mr. Trump. The American public deserves to be secure in their own country and we encourage all voters to consider that candidate that has the political will to make it happen,” the statement said.
Trump also has the support of Maricopa County (Ariz.) Sheriff Joe Arpaio, famous for his tough stance against illegal immigration. “He produces results,” Arpaio said in his endorsement of Trump.
Hillary Clinton slammed the Supreme Court as “wrong on the Second Amendment” and called for reinstating the assault weapons ban during a small private fundraiser in New York. The Clinton fundraiser was hosted at the Greenwich Village home of John Zaccaro, a convicted felon.
“I’m going to speak out, I’m going to do everything I can to rally people against this pernicious, corrupting influence of the NRA and we’re going to do whatever we can,” she said.
Clinton argued that the NRA has “so intimidated elected members of Congress and other legislative bodies that these people are passing the most absurd laws.”
“The idea that you can have an open carry permit with an AK-47 over your shoulder walking up and down the aisles of a supermarket is just despicable,” she said.
The comments earned applause at the closed-door fundraiser, and demonstrate Clinton’s efforts to appeal to progressive donors as she faces a growing challenge from the far-left candidate Bernie Sanders, who has been criticized by some liberal observers for his broad support of gun rights.
The Clinton campaign did not respond to questions about the specific areas where Clinton disagrees with the Supreme Court. However, the Heller ruling is considered the most sweeping and controversial second amendment decision made by the highest court in recent years.
The Supreme Court affirmed that the Second Amendment granted gun rights to individuals whether or not they were members of an organized government militia in 2008. That ruling overturned the District of Columbia’s total ban on ownership of handguns and other strict forms of gun control. It also created the legal precedent that continues to influence all federal court rulings related to Second Amendment cases.
Nestlé USA is initiating a voluntary recall of a limited number of DiGiorno®, Lean Cuisine®, and Stouffer’s® products due to the potential presence of glass pieces. This voluntary recall covers only specific production codes of the following products:
DiGiorno Thin & Crispy Spinach and Garlic Pizza
DiGiorno Rising Crust Spinach and Mushroom Pizza
DiGiorno pizzeria Thin Crust Spinach and Mushroom Pizza
DiGiorno pizzeria Tuscan-style Chicken Pizza
Lean Cuisine Spinach and Mushroom Pizza
Lean Cuisine Spinach Artichoke Ravioli
Lean Cuisine Ricotta and Spinach Ravioli
Lean Cuisine Spinach, Artichoke & Chicken Panini
Lean Cuisine Mushroom Mezzaluna Ravioli
Stouffer’s Vegetable Lasagna (10 oz., 37 oz. and 96 oz. sizes)
Stouffer’s Spinach Soufflé
Stouffer’s Chicken Lasagna
The voluntary recall is limited to the production codes listed below. To locate the production code, consumers should look on the side panel of the package. No other production codes, sizes or varieties of DiGiorno, Lean Cuisine or Stouffer’s products are affected by this recall.
No injuries have been reported. We are recalling these products because they may contain small pieces of glass that may cause injury. Although our investigation is ongoing, we believe the source of the glass is spinach that was an ingredient common to the products subject to this recall. NestléUSA is taking this action out of an abundance of caution after several consumers reported that they had found small pieces of glass in some of these products.
Consumers who may have purchased the products listed above should not consume them but should instead contact Nestlé Consumer Services at 1-800-681-1676.
DiGiorno products affected by the recall:
Best Before Date
DiGiorno Thin & Crispy
Spinach and Garlic Pizza
DiGiorno Rising Crust
Spinach and Mushroom Pizza
DiGiorno pizzeria Thin Crust
Spinach and Mushroom Pizza
Tuscan-style Chicken Pizza
Lean Cuisine products affected by the recall:
Best Before Date
Lean Cuisine Spinach and Mushroom Pizza
Lean Cuisine Spinach, Artichoke & Chicken Panini
Lean Cuisine Mushroom Mezzaluna Ravioli
Lean Cuisine Spinach Artichoke Ravioli
Lean Cuisine Ricotta Cheese and Spinach Ravioli
Stouffer’s products affected by the recall:
Best Before Date
Stouffer’s Vegetable Lasagna Party Size (96oz)
Stouffer’s Whole Grain Vegetable Lasagna (10oz)
Stouffer’s Vegetable Lasagna Family Size (37oz)
Stouffer’s Chicken Lasagna Party Size (96oz)
Stouffer’s Spinach Soufflé (12oz)
The quality and safety of our products are the top priority for our company. We apologize to our retail customers and consumers and sincerely regret any inconvenience created by this recall. We are working with both the U. S. Food & Drug Administration and the U. S. Department of Agriculture on this voluntary recall and will cooperate with them fully.
For consumer support and product questions please call: 1-800-681-1676
Here, let the guitar player help. You know I’m here to help, right? Tell me you have faith in the old MotorCity Madman when I tell you that I sincerely want to resuscitate the fumbling, bumbling, stumbling, staggering, stammering, gagging, ailing, deaf, dumb and blind GOP and help lead them back on track to self-evident truth, logic, common sense, accountability and that good old long ago GOP American Way.
I could start by slapping you Republican goofballs upside the head with the embarrassing reality that you haven’t done jack-diddly to eliminate the obscene government thievery of the death tax, the criminal education fiasco, the nonstop invasion of illegals through our non-borders, the mind-dazzling runaway Democrat tag-team spending orgy, the vulgar dismantling of our military and defense system, the absurdity of denying the best-trained combat warriors in the history of the world from carrying guns on military bases, the abject oath-violating infringements of our constitutionally guaranteed right to keep and bear arms across the country, the jackbooted thuggery of various government agencies abusing power and violating U.S. citizens’ civil rights, allowing rules of engagement for our military heroes that actually benefit our enemies, the horror of a VA that not only fails to provide adequate aid and treatment for our hero warriors but actually looks the other way when soulless bureaucrats cause their death, agreeing to Obama’s insane, wasteful, unaccountable budget that helps and benefits our enemies but does little to fortify America, the bizarre decision to release dangerous jihadists even when it is proven they return to combat and kill Americans, and assorted very Democratic modes of operation very unbecoming of traditional Republicans.
And I could go on, but instead let me drive it home as clear and simple as possible – those of you who want to derail Donald Trump’s presidential campaign are guilty of the most egregious self-inflicted disconnect America has ever seen.
Write this down: You’re not against Donald Trump; you’re against the will of the people, pure and simple.
Let me be clear: I do not endorse Donald Trump, but the very reason Donald Trump and Ted Cruz are so popular is because they laugh in the face of your absurd and offensive status quo good ol’ boy GOP establishment crap.
You talk and talk and talk about reigning back spending, but you do nothing.
You talk about standing up for Second Amendment rights, but you do little or nothing.
You talk about demanding accountability for Fast and Furious, but nothing happens.
You talk and talk and talk about Lois Lerner’s IRS crimes, but you do nothing.
You talk and talk and talk about taking care of our veterans, but you do little or nothing.
You watch our failed education system waste more and more tax dollars while turning out the dumbest kids on Earth, and you do nothing.
You watch the EPA abuse landowners and pollute rivers, but you do nothing.
You know damn well Obama’s raw deal with Iran was the act of a madman, but you stand by as if you are helpless.
You talk about halting the dangerous, America-destroying invasion of illegals across our borders, but you do nothing.
You see the destruction of thriving big game herds across the West by out of control wolf numbers, and you do nothing.
You sit back and watch the president side with criminal thugs instead of our law enforcement heroes, but you do nothing.
You see out-of-control populations of non-indigenous wild horses destroying native wildlife and habitat, but you do nothing.
Enter status quo busting we-the-people warriors who gain unprecedented support of we the people, and you attack and condemn them.
When you attack and condemn Donald Trump and Ted Cruz, you are attacking and condemning the common sense and voice of we the people.
You sound and act like you are that dumb, but I’m here to help.
Don’t be so damn dumb. Get your head out of your status quo posterior and review the short list of your failings above.
When you are ready to admit that your GOP has become indistinguishable from the crazed Democrats, then we can talk.
Until then, shut up and pay attention. You might learn something.
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“Once upon a time there was an ice skating rink in Central Park that could no longer make ice. No one could figure out how to fix the skating rink. Years went by and millions of dollars were spent and still no ice. One day a white knight wearing a bright red tie showed up and said: ‘ Let there be ice!’ Four months later there was ice. When asked by the press why the people had been unable to fix the rink themselves the knight said ‘they’re very nice people and I like them very much but they’re all idiots!’ And everyone lived happily ever after.”
Pretty much the whole story of the Wollman Skating Rink fiasco. You can even check the New York Times. On May 31, 1986 Donald Trump said in an interview with the Times, “I don’t want my name attached to losers. So far the Wollman Rink has been one of the great losers. I’ll make it a winner.” Shortly after Trump decided to slap his name on Wollman Rink, if you read the fine print. Now, 30 years later, Wollman Rink is a winner and the Trump name is still associated with it. Just check the Wollman Skating Rink website. There it is! The famous, or, according to some, infamous TRUMP red logo.
The Wollman Rink incident undescores the fascinating impact that Donald Trump is making on the political landscape and the American psyche irrespective of the outcome of the presidential campaign. Wollman Skating Rink today is one of the most iconic amenities for New Yorkers and tourists located in Central Park just a stone’s throw north of the Plaza Hotel (which was once owned by Donald Trump).
The bright red Trump logo still adorns the Wollman Skating Rink website.
Having fallen into utter disrepair during the New York City fiscal crisis, unable to make ice, the city’s Parks Department embarked on a total refurbishment of the facility in 1980, estimating it would take two years to complete. After six years and having flushed $13 million down the drain, the city announced they would have to start all over again and it would another two years to complete. Wollman Rink had quite visibly failed. The Wollman Rink fiasco amplified the public perception of the general incompetence of government and their inability to complete even the simplest projects.
Enter the Donald. In late May of 1986 the 39 year-old Trump made an offer to Mayor Ed Koch. Trump would step in and take over the construction and operation of the project for no profit and have it up and running in time for the holiday season. Koch tried mightily and quite snakily tried to reject Trump’s offer. A very public Trump-Koch feud ensued; Donald ultimately prevailed taking on the responsibility to finish the rink in less than six months for no more than $3 million. The city politicos could only hope that when Donald failed it would divert attention from their own incompetence.
Instead of failing, Trump finished the job in just four months at a final cost 25% below the budget. It wasn’t rocket science according Trump. It was common sense and “management.” But the incident also demonstrated Trump’s mastery andcommand of public relations and how to attract massive amounts of free press.
Trump learned that the press likes drama and extremes–positive or negative–and was hungry for every morsel about this otherwise insignificant project. Any milestone of the project’s progress resulted in press conferences often ceremony, pomp and circumstance and was frequently celebrity-filled. When concrete was laid: press conference. Construction complete: press conference. The first ice: press conference. The Grand Opening included Dick Button, Peggy Fleming and Scott Hamilton to name a few. Everything became an event and free promotion. City officials stopped attending press conference because it was actually becoming an embarrassment. The rink which had been a perpetual money loser started making money immediately which Trump donated to charity.
Mitt Romney told a small group of wealthy contributors what he truly thinks of all the voters of America. He dismissed these Americans as “freeloaders who pay no taxes, who don’t assume responsibility for their lives, and who think government should take care of them.”
You may have seen the short clip before, but the entire statement is in this one…
In an interview with Breitbart News Daily host and Breitbart News Executive Chairman Stephen K. Bannon, Pat Caddell ,Democrat, flashed back to Romney’s infamous “47 percent” gaffe while discussing Trump’s response to questions from CNN’s Jake Tapper about an endorsement from KKK figure David Duke.
Trump’s confused answer sparked a media firestorm from his critics, despite his multiple disavowals of the KKK figure. The GOP frontrunner later claimed that he was given a “very bad earpiece” and could not clearly hear Tapper’s questions.
Romney took to Twitter to blast Trump’s answer to Tapper, calling it “disqualifying & disgusting.”
Commenting on Trump’s interview with Tapper, Caddell said, “I look at that tape over again, and I see it and I go: There’s a tired guy and he says he has a bad earpiece and he’s doing six interviews back to back — which is why you shouldn’t do the Sunday shows because none of the people watching them are going to be for you, and you’re just going to be prosecuted on most of them.”
Caddell explained that the GOP establishment is on the attack now because they are finally awake to the threat of the populist movement taking hold of the GOP primary race.
If you’re a loyal American and #LOVE America then come out, register to #VOTE and support Donald J Trump for President of the United States! #VOTETRUMP2016 #MakeAmericaGreatAgain
During the brutal Vietnam War, some men dodged the draft, sought deferments, faked illnesses, were placed in National Guard and Reserve units then destined to never be called up. Some opposed the war, some favored war but wanted others to fight for them, those are called “Chickenhawks.”
Others, like Mitt Romney, go further. Elections bring out fiction, acrimony and hagiography. The latter is the drivel money buys to hide the truth even if the truth may be the only signs of humanity left in what has otherwise become an empty shell.
Though an early supporter of the Vietnam War, Romney avoided military service at the height of the fighting after high school by seeking and receiving four draft deferments, including a 31-month stretch as a “minister of religion” in France, a classification for Mormon missionaries that the church at the time feared was being overused.
In 1994 he told The Boston Herald, “I was not planning on signing up for the military.”
“It was not my desire to go off and serve in Vietnam, but nor did I take any actions to remove myself from the pool of young men who were eligible for the draft,” Romney told the newspaper.
But that’s exactly what Romney did, according Selective Service records. He received his first deferment for “activity in study” in October 1965 while at Stanford.
After his first year at Stanford, Romney qualified for 4-D deferment status as “a minister of religion or divinity student.” It was a status he would hold from July 1966 until February 1969, a period he largely spent in France working as a Mormon missionary.
He was granted the deferment even as some young Mormon men elsewhere were denied that same status, which became increasingly controversial in the late 1960s. The Mormon church, a strong supporter of American involvement in Vietnam, ultimately limited the number of church missionaries allowed to defer their military service using the religious exemption.
Mitt Romney, more an invention than a person and a family that, for generations, rejected American citizenship, fled America to avoid prosecution for 26 years and never reapplied or met citizenship criteria.
Everything known about Mitt Romney is hagiography, basically bull. This will be something different, unvarnished, and true.
Draft evasion isn’t a clever ruse to avoid serving your nation during wartime; it’s a criminal act punishable by ten years in prison and a large fine. It labels violators felons for life, prohibits voting, running for public office and can even, heaven forbid, prohibit serving as President of the United States.
The difference between the two involves analysis of the legality of efforts to be “unavailable” for service.
There are several “official histories” of Mitt Romney, but his favorite is written by John Kasich of the Boston Globe, his official approved biographer. Kasich wrote a bestselling book on Romney, oft describing him as a “liberal Ronald Reagan.”
However, in 2007, it was Kasich, in his role of “investigative reporter” to use his hundreds of hours of research and full access to all Romney documents to look into accusations of draft evasion leveled against Romney.
Kasich had something to hide, a Mitt Romney with a past, one of failure, one of weakness, humanity he hid from and then, later, abandoned like a snake crawls out of its old skin. The new Mitt, isn’t the real Mitt.
We trace Mitt Romney from Cranbrook Academy in stylish Franklin, Michigan, son of an auto magnate, son of Michigan’s governor, sensitive, too willing to do what was needed to be accepted and subject to expectations, scion of a “superstar” father who nearly gained the presidency himself but for a fatal flaw we will learn of later.
From Cranbrook, Mitt went to Stanford. Much is made of this, a foolish photo, an empty smile. What isn’t told is why he left, damaged, his diagnosis and what we will call rumors of a disaster that might well have cost Mitt both his future and perhaps his life.
Thus, in 1966, Governor George Romney received his son, facing certain military service or, worse still, perhaps being found unfit for that service.
The decision to send Mitt to France, a nation that didn’t recognize the Mormon religion, taking advantage of his father’s position and ability to “engineer” a “single service” exemption based on a fathers love for a damaged child, hagiography stepped in and the lies began.
It would be years before Mitt would reappear, sent off to Brigham Young University, at the time reviled for racism and mediocrity, and a history would be written, the public one that of riches and success, a private one of pain, of moral failure and weakness.
Kasich explains Romney’s history using the following details and resources:
“As the Vietnam War raged in the 1960s, Mitt Romney received a deferment from the draft as a Mormon “minister of religion” for the duration of his missionary work in France, which lasted two and a half years.
The deferments for Mormon missionaries became increasingly controversial in the late 1960s, especially in Utah, leading the Mormon Church and the government to limit the number of church missionaries who could put off their military service. That agreement called for each church ward, or church district, to designate one male every six months to be exempted from potential duty for the duration of his missionary work.
Romney’s home state was Michigan, making his 4-D exemption as a missionary all but automatic because of the relatively small number of Mormon missionaries from that state. It might have been more difficult in Utah, where the huge Mormon population meant that there were sometimes more missionaries than available exemptions. Most missions lasted two and a half years, as Romney’s did.
Barry Mayo, who was counselor to the bishop of the ward in Pontiac, Michigan, where Romney attended church, recalled in an interview that wards were allowed to exempt one missionary every six months from the draft. He said that he could not recall any time in which more than one potential draftee sought an exemption in the ward in a six-month period, so Romney’s deferment was never in doubt.
There are problems with Kasich’s article, more than a few. You see, technically a “missionary” is a volunteer, not a formally ordained minister. With every Mormon male claiming status as an ordained minister, whether missionary or not, the issues would have involved several that touched on constitutional ground, IRS codes and Selective Service definitions.
There were issues during the Vietnam War of local SSS boards in Utah, made up entirely of LDS (Latter Day Saints or “Mormons”) giving blanket draft exemptions to all males belonging to the church under the edict that any “male Mormon” is considered part of a general “ministry.”
This issue was challenged in court under Imus v. United States:
The findings of Imus v. United States were that though the Mormon Church was abusing draft law by offering blanket exemptions to all its members through church controlled draft boards, challenging the draft in general, which is what Imus did, having destroyed his draft card, did not give him basis for finding draft law illegal.
Thus, though the Church was systematically violating law, as no case was ever brought against them for that, they could continue to do so in the State of Utah.
Michigan is another story.
Here, Kasich has one source, one with no authority, no standing and no memory, “Barry Mayo.”
These are the actual facts:
There is no record of there ever having been an agreement between the SSS and draft boards in Michigan involving Mormons.
There was never any differentiation between Mormon missionaries or simple church members, who all had, in Utah at least, tried to claim draft exemption under D4 status before 1971 and D2 status after.
Status as an ordained minister is more simply applied through IRS statute. If you pay no property taxes on your home, you are a minister. If you do, you are not. Mormons pay property taxes and are, thusly, according to the government, no more “ministers” than lay members of any other church.
It is also a critical issue that, until many many years later, Mormons were “whites only” and the ministry “men only,” thus, the church, at least on the basis of race could be a non-profit but not qualify as a religion nor could BYU, a school that banned African Americans and later offered them special restrictions and “sub-human” status.
A group of black taxpayers and their minor children attending public schools in Mississippi brought a class action on May 21, 1969 against the United States, seeking to enjoin the Secretary of the Treasury and the IRS from according tax exempt status to private schools in Mississippi which excluded African-American students on the basis of race or color.
In July 1970, while the lawsuit was pending, the IRS issued two Releases, announcing that “it can no longer legally justify allowing tax-exempt status to private schools which practice racial discrimination nor can it treat gifts to such schools as charitable deductions for income tax purposes.”
The Supreme Court ruled in favor of the black plaintiffs, concluding that the IRS actions of denying tax -exemption to discriminatory schools was constitutional.
Such schools, however, were not entitled to public support, as which tax-exemption qualified. It reasoned that the Federal Government could not under the Constitution give direct financial aid to schools practicing racial discrimination, but that tax exemptions and deductions certainly constitute a Federal Government benefit and support. “While that support is indirect, and is in the nature of a matching grant rather than an unconditional grant, it would be difficult indeed to establish that such support can be provided consistently with the Constitution” .
Beginning in May 1975, the University permitted unmarried African-Americans to enroll, but a disciplinary rule prohibits interracial dating and marriage. That rule read:
There is to be no interracial dating
1. Students who are partners in an interracial marriage will be expelled.
2. Students who are members of or affiliated with any group or organization which holds as one of its goals or advocates interracial marriage will be expelled.
3. Students who date outside their own race will be expelled.
4. Students who espouse, promote, or encourage others to violate the University’s dating rules and regulations will be expelled.
What they fail to list here when “support” for a “racist” institution is considered unconstitutional, those supports include, not just tax exempt status and any federal subsidies but draft exempt status as well.
Thus, colleges such as Bob Jones University and BYU were constitutionally denied “S2” student deferments for their students.
Thus, Mitt Romney never had a student deferment until 1966, when he left Stanford and none was ever reinstated.
As to after 1970 and Romney’s draft number, his rejoining the SSS system after having been “missing” for nearly 5 years would have had no legal standing.
As Kasich, Romney’s “biographer,” has stated that there were few Mormons in Michigan and special regional groups were given a consideration that applied only to the Mormon church and no other group, and as Kasich has all Romney records, is it not strange that he offers no references for these facts he contends are true?
A search of the CFR, the Federal Registry and the records of the Selective Service Commission yield no records of any such decisions of special dispensation for Mormons.
Moreover, there are several gross misrepresentations here. No such documentation exists for Mitt Romney. In fact,Mormon’s serving in France, were, not only not recognized as an official religion in that country, but use the ruse of offing free language lessons, not religious instruction:
There are no Mormon facilities in France now nor have there ever been. It wasn’t until 2009 that Mormonism applied to be registered as an established religion in France.
In 2006, the Mormon church came under investigation for its policies toward women and children which are inconsistent with French law. A report was issued. (French Language)
The ADFI (Union in Defense of Families and Individuals) declared Mormonism a cultand a danger to French society, indicating it used trickery and deceit to proselytize, offing free English lessons and genealogy research in order to attempt to recruit members.
Additionally, Michigan had two “Mormon Stakes,” the official regional districts of the Church. These are the organizations claimed by Kasich to have offered the special draft designation of D4 to Romney.
One problem, of course, is that if all Mormons are officially considered ministers, as the church claims, then why would a missionary student apply for status of an ordained minister, a status equally available to all Mormon males?
No differentiation is mentioned as this contingency was overlooked while the “spin” was being applied.
As to the Mormon population, there were 30,000 Mormons in Michigan, hardly a small number, one that would have yielded thousands subject to draft by SSS, not one or two.
You see, of the two “Stakes” the Mormon church established in Michigan, one in 1940, the second in 1952, Mitt Romney belonged to the second.
This “Stake” included thousands of male members of draft age.
The founder and head of this stake was George W. Romney, former president of American Motors Corporation and father of Mitt Romney.
Thus, were there such an agreement with the SSS, which there is no documentary record of and were there only one or two Mormons available to the draft, something reality is utterly at odds with, we have one other glaring problem.
Mitt Romney is supposed to have received his nomination from his own father for a questionable and undocumented and clearly unconstitutional deferment.
This deferment was to have been issued in 1966.
In 1963, Mitt Romney’s father was elected governor of Michigan and served in that office until 1969 when he joined the Nixon Administration as Secretary of Housing and Urban Development.
Thus, it is as governor of the State that a special unconstitutional deferment, not recognized by any documentation, was awarded to Mitt Romney.
In 1968, George W. Romney was the Republican front runner for president, easily outpolling Richard Nixon.
George Romney was born in Mexico to Mormon parents who fled there to avoid prosecution for polygamy. They remained in Mexico, renounced their American citizenship and never had it reinstated.
Two odd technicalities apply to Romney’s attempt at the presidency:
He was the son of Mexican parents, born in Mexico, parents that never legally established American citizenship during their lifetime.
George W. Romney served as governor of Michigan though born in Mexico and never legally achieving American citizenship during his lifetime. He was, when governor and when running for president, legally a “naturally born citizen of Mexico” and residing in the United States illegally, subject to deportation at any time.
A description of the family’s status as “illegal aliens” is made in this article by Huffington Post:
His family moved to that country fleeing American laws against polygamy, then considered a crucial pillar of his church.
The Romneys are Mexican since Miles Park Romney crossed the border in 1884, rejecting the Edmund Act that in 1882 declared polygamy a felony.
In 1890, the Mormon Church (LDS) disavowed plural marriage.
According to an AP story, Miles married his fifth wife seven years later. His own father had 12 wives.
In 1912, Mitt grandfather’s Gaskell Romney returned to the U.S. fleeing the Mexican Revolution. (No mention of immigration papers here).
In 1884, the Romney family were citizens of the Kingdom of Desert and never recognized American authority.
When the Utah became a state in 1896, the Romney family had lived outside its borders for 12 years. They were established Mexican citizens, and had they been American citizens, something they never claimed and publicly renounced in order to avoid prosecution for violations of the Edmund act, their citizenship would have been forfeit after 5 years.
Instead, the Romney family reentered the US illegally after 26 years, Mexican citizens who, at best had lost “implied” American citizenship, long sacrificed as fleeing felons residing overseas for more than 5 years, no different than any other fugitive who loses his citizenship while residing overseas to avoid prosecution for crimes.
Wikipedia gives an interesting picture of that time:
The record the press has left is fiction, spin, utter fabrication, lack of documentation, no qualified sources, nothing covering the draft status of Mitt Romney, no honest discussion of the barbaric and un-American policies of the Mormon church on race or the actual standing of Brigham Young University, then no different than the American Nazi Party or KKK in its policies.
Coverage for Mitt’s draft evasion, his failure to apply for the Carter era clemency and do his two years of required public service is simple. He came from a wealthy family, rules were made that applied to Mitt Romney and Mitt Romney only, he was kept to different, far lower standards than other Americans and grew up in an environment where living outside the law had been a family tradition for well over a century.
His father was a better man that he was. His father was politically independent, racially fair and ethical, painfully honest regarding America’s foreign policy and deeply respected.
His father’s major personal failing was his son.
He entered into conflicts of interest to save his son from a war he thought unnecessary, sending his son out of the country and protecting him from prosecution through use of power and, quite possibly, giving up the presidency to protect his son from prison.
Yes, Nixon would have blackmailed George W. Romney over this and anything else. This was the nature of Nixon.
The question at hand is the character of Mitt Romney. Military service isn’t the answer to all things. John McCain, for those familiar with his record as a POW and his presidential pardon, are more than aware. Those who aren’t are unlikely to, at this late date; bother to learn what they failed to when it mattered most.
Ann Romney, wife of Mitt, seems to understand the problem best when she expresses how the campaign has threatened Mitt Romney’s mental health. Mitt Romney is clearly talented but morally bereft of values, willing to say anything that he believes will help him get his way and, for those who watch carefully, slowly becoming mentally unhinged.
The real issues of the election are those of a war in the Middle East and a return to fiscal policies that gut small business and the Middle Class, abandon and destroy the working classes and turn total rule over to the rich.
By “rich,” we also mean “foreign.”
One critical point we can make is that issues of military service and Romney’s avoidance of it during wartime don’t just make him less than American. They strongly suggest that he was openly a criminal and that he may well still be, as seen in his pattern of foreign bank accounts and the friends he depends on for financing.
I keep thinking about France, the 30 months Romney was there, we are told anyway. I have seen three photographs, taken within seconds of each other, a borrowed bicycle with specialized “toe clip” racing pedals, no books or materials, as though one’s entire “missionhood” were a minute long, spent entirely in a parking lot.
Maybe he lived a life of privation and suffering. During the same period, I had, for only a very short time, an inexpensive Kodak camera. I did one roll of 24 photos, leaving a base, on patrol and ambush, in Vietnam.
The camera was stolen soon afterwards, the $8 it cost was, at the time, considered an extravagance as was fresh food, clean water, clothing and rudimentary medical care (and decent weapons).
The $15 dollars a month pay I drew didn’t allow for much, but then, what was my time worth anyway?
Maybe I am still a member of America’s millions, the “useless eaters,” the 47%, perhaps I will never know where that line in drawn. Maybe the line is an idea, and has no dollar figure attached. To Kasich, it was vital to explain Mitt’s humanity, explain that the dog tied to the roof of the car was in a cage and not simply “hog tied” like they do at Gitmo. Maybe the dog might have been happier had the family put a child in the cage with it.
Would Romney had stopped if he had looked in his mirror and seen them bouncing down the road as so often happens with anything other Americans attach to the roofs of their cars or would he have driven on? His positions on veterans and women’s health, Social Security and his plans for a new war in the Middle East are a clue, “bye bye puppy, bye bye little Jimmie, daddy will check on you on the way back.”
Summary of the Curse of Cain Doctrine and Priesthood-Ban Policy
For 130 years (1848-1978), Mormon Church leaders taught the following:
All human spirits were born sons and daughters of God and one or more of His wives, on the planet that God lives on, which is near a star named Kolob (koe-lawb)
Adam and Eve were white people, living in the Garden of Eden in what is now Jackson County, Missouri, who looked like Anglo-Saxons (like 19th century Mormons).
Cain was a white man until he killed Abel, so God changed him into the first Negro.
Also, the “seed of Cain” would also inherit his “cursed” and “mark” and also they would be deprived of the Priesthood until the LORD removed the Curse of Cain sometime after Abel was resurrected, had children, and all of Abel’s male descendants received the Priesthood first, then the Curse of Cain would be removed.
The Mark of Cain was a black skin, flat nose, and kinky hair. Cain, a white man, is “changed” by the LORD instantly into the first Negro.
Cain married his sister, and she became the second Negro ever because the Lord also “changed” her from a white Anglo-Saxon looking woman into a Negro.
All the spirits who fought for Jesus against Lucifer in the War in Heaven, before this Earth was formed, but who were “less valiant”–were punished by being born into “the lineage of Cain” as Negroes, and thus “deprived of intelligence”, with “misshapen” and “ugly” bodies, and destined to be “servants” of the white man, their superiors, until the Curse of Cain was removed by the LORD sometime after the Millennium was over.
Canaan and his descendants went into Africa, and a few to India and Australia and New Guinea.
All Negroes inherit the “Mark of Cain” which is a black skin, flat nose, and kinky hair.
Negroes are banned from the Temple and the Priesthood until the Curse of Cain is removed by the Lord sometime after the Millennium (1000 year reign of Christ on Earth) is over.
This doctrine was known as The Curse of Cain Doctrine. Because of this doctrine, all black Mormons, and anyone with “one drop of Negro blood” was banned from the Mormon Temple and the Mormon priesthood. All male Mormons over the age of 12 hold the Priesthood, and they must have it in order to get into the highest heaven. All Mormons must be “Endowed” and “Sealed” in a Mormon Temple in order to get into the Celestial Kingdom (highest heaven). Without the priesthood and Temple endowments and sealings, a Mormon male can, at best, become a sexless and eunuched “eternal servant” of the Gods in the Celestial Kingdom.
Mitt Romney- “Donald Trump has shown an extraordinary ability to understand how our economy works and to create jobs, he has done it in Nevada and across the country. He is one of the few people who stood up and said China has taken jobs from Americans. We believe in free trade but we have to have a President to stand up and not allow people to cheat day in and day out.” (In the video below)
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