America Struggles In a Time of Trump Rebuilding – Time To Turn The Page


Presidential elections are always something of a national Rorschach test…

The reaction to candidates, like the perception of inkblots, helps to divulge the nation’s character, underlying disorders and emotional condition. Donald Trump’s unexpected victory showed that America had a split personality.

It also revealed that, among his 62 million supporters, rage and fear were over-riding emotions. “Make America Great Again” not only became a mission statement but a nostalgic catch-all. For many of his white working class supporters, it implied a return to an era when the homeland was more homogenised and the world was less globalised.

What has become clear since Donald Trump delivered his inaugural address is that he has changed the presidency more than the presidency has changed him.

The vocabulary of President Trump, if not all his policies, is much the same as that of candidate Trump. To the White House he has brought the same aggression and plain-speaking that characterised his insurgent campaign.

The first 100 days of an administration, though in many ways a bogus measure, can also be diagnostic. They can reveal the character of a presidency and set the tone.

At his inaugural ball he vowed to keep tweeting. By choosing Frank Sinatra’s “My Way” for his first dance, he also gave us a musical clue as to how he would govern. Trump would be Trump. The anti-politician had morphed into the anti-president.

From his ongoing refusal to release his tax returns to his stonewalling of requests to disclose visitor logs at the White House, he has indicated normal rules do not apply to him.

All this continues to horrify his critics but not most of his supporters. They voted for unorthodoxy, and seem to have granted him dispensation to flout norms so long as he delivers results.

And yet, he has received highest marks when he is at his most conventionally presidential.

His speech to the joint session of Congress, which was similar in language and tone to normal State of the Union addresses, was probably the highpoint of his first 100 days. It got far better reviews than his inaugural, both from Republicans and some Democrats.

His decision to strike Syria also trod the path of orthodoxy. Cool-headed and cogent, his late-night statement explaining his decision to strike was also standard presidential fare. Even some of his detractors remarked how in these two moments he truly assumed the mantles of president and commander-in-chief.

Lauded by many Democrats who wished Obama had enforced his red line on chemical weapons, the strike on Syria angered some hardline loyalists.

There’s an argument to be made that Trump is at his most successful in foreign affairs when he’s at his most unpredictable for the simple reason that is when he’s most feared. The Assad regime will surely hesitate before ordering another chemical strike.

Nato’s Secretary General Jens Stoltenberg said he’s already seeing the effect of Trump’s focus on financial burden-sharing within the military alliance. The American aid worker Aya Hijazi was released after three years in detention only when Trump raised her case with President Sisi.

At the United Nations, there’s a new focus on reform, especially of peacekeeping operations. This is partly because there is a new reformist Secretary General, Antonio Guterres, but mainly because of the fear that the US, by far the organisation’s biggest donor, could pull funding. Trump has brought a fear factor to the American presidency often absent during the Obama years.

The Trump administration clearly believes “the era of strategic patience” towards Kim Jong-un is over, and that sabre rattling will jolt the Beijing into pressuring Pyongyang. The next 100 days, presumably, will tell.

Overall, there’s a “good cop bad cop” dynamic to the Trump administration’s diplomacy. Mainstream foreign policy types such as Defence Secretary James Mattis and Secretary of State Rex Tillerson adopt the more conventional approach. Trump lends menace, often through his tweets.

Sometimes the very administration seems to have a split personality. Yet the first 100 days have probably yielded more results in the foreign realm than the domestic.

Noticeable in these first 100 days has been the corporatisation of the presidency. There’s a chairman-of-the-board feel to his daily routine, with its meetings and photo opportunities that often place him in a leather-backed chair in the presidential boardroom – the West Wing basically has two, the Roosevelt Room and the Cabinet Room – surrounded by corporate chiefs. His cabinet is also packed with fellow billionaires and multi-millionaires.

There’s been criticism that Trump spends so much time at resorts owned by the Trump Organization.

An aim of staffing the administration with so many executives was to vest government with corporate know-how and efficiency.

Victories are often lost in the swirl of controversy. Illegal crossings over the southern border have fallen sharply, by 40% during the first month of Trump’s presidency, according to the Department of Homeland Security.

That’s the steepest decline since 2009. With immigration arrests up by almost a third in the first month, there’s a feeling among his supporters that he is delivering on his pledge to protect America’s border, even if construction has not yet started on his famed wall.

Trump would argue he has already made the homeland safer.

The hostile commentary on him is similar to the scorn heaped on Ronald Reagan. Yet the movie star president is now widely seen as the leader who, by winning the Cold War, ended America’s long national nightmare after Vietnam and Watergate.

Lyndon Baines Johnson was pilloried as a racist vulgarian, but nonetheless enacted transformative legislation such as the 1964 Civil Rights Act, dismantling segregation, and launching Medicare.

History remembers John F Kennedy’s early presidency for the elegance of his inaugural address and the photogenic beauty of his New Frontier, but his first months in office were full of missteps.

They included the Bay of Pigs, a string of congressional setbacks and a disastrous summit with Nikita Khrushchev in Vienna, which emboldened the Soviet leader to build the Berlin Wall. While Trump cannot yet boast much of a record of accomplishment in these first 100 days, there are still 1361 to go.

Donald Trump’s executive power has continually been constrained. After signing that early executive order banning entrants from seven mainly-Muslim countries, the courts intervened to block him.

With TrumpCare, it wasn’t the courts that blocked Trump but Congress. As he sought to repeal and replace Obamacare, Trump could not even secure a simple majority in a House of Representatives under Republican control.

The Republican leadership, frustrated by these checks, successfully removed one of them: the use of the filibuster in blocking nominees to America’s highest court – in this instance, Trump’s nominee Neil Gorsuch.

This did not involve an amendment to the constitution, rather a revision of Senate rules, but it was nonetheless momentous. This nuclear option, as it is called, delivered a clear win for the president: the elevation of Judge Gorsuch to the bench.

However, the filibuster remains intact to block his legislative agenda, and Democrats will use it to thwart Trump.

Just as Republicans, the great practitioners of the politics of No, used the constitution to stymie Barack Obama, Democrats are relying upon it to impede Donald Trump. For them, the constitution must now seem timeless and timely. A number of Democrats have told me that the genius of the Founding Fathers was to anticipate this kind of presidency.

In these first 100 days, we have been reminded of the power of states and municipalities. We have seen an inversion of the doctrine of states’ rights. For decades, states’ rights was the battle-cry of white supremacists determined to uphold segregation in defiance of federal court orders demanding integration. Now progressive states are using this principle.

Some of the biggest cities in the country, including Boston, Chicago, Los Angeles, New York and Washington DC, are wilfully obstructing Trump’s immigration crackdown. Thus, sanctuary cities have become to the progressive left what segregationist citadels were to the racist right, emblematic battlefields in a tug of war between local government and the federal government.

Protest power has also emerged as a significant force, as something akin to a national passion play has unfolded on the streets. The sea of pink pussy hats at the massive woman’s marches on the first weekend of the presidency vividly highlighted a new sense of personal political empowerment: people ready to take matters into their own hands.

Constrained by Congress, the courts and his own party, so far this has not been an imperial presidency, the phrase coined by the historian Arthur M Schlesinger Jr to describe the Nixon White House, which was accused, even before the Watergate break-in, of pushing constitutional bounds.

Rather it has been an inhibited presidency, in which Donald Trump has been made all too aware of the limits of his executive power.

Donald Trump’s promise to Make America Great Again was primarily an economic pledge, and there were early signs of a Trump Bump on Wall Street and Main Street.

Just three trading days after the new president took the oath of office, the Dow Jones Industrial Average broke through the 20,000 mark for the first time in its history. Investors expected him to slash corporate taxes and set fire to business regulations. Not since 2000, a report suggested last month, has consumer confidence been so buoyant.

As for the impact of Trump’s “Buy American, Hire American” doctrine, it is too early to judge. Industry groups have voiced concerns it will raise costs, making it prohibitively expensive to build the new bridges and roads. The tech sector is worried Hire American policies will block or discourage high-skilled immigrants. The tourism industry is reporting a “Trump Slump,” because of the off-putting effect of the travel ban and its author.

One sector that has undoubtedly benefited from a Trump bump is the media. The New York Times and Washington Post have seen subscriptions soar. CNN, a network of which obituaries were being written only a few years ago, is enjoying a ratings windfall. Twitter, whose once stagnant user numbers have risen, is finally winning again.

Despite high-profile exits, Fox News remains the most influential news channel in America, if only because its breakfast show Fox and Friends is what Trump watches in the morning.

Overall, the response of the US journalistic community to Trump’s presidency has been to become more adversarial. Reporters like Jim Acosta, anchors like Jake Tapper, and even mild-mannered Wolf Blitzer have adopted a more hard-edged approach. The New York Times has replaced bland headlines with more judgmental wording.

Elsewhere, cultural lines are being blurred, an inevitable response perhaps to a president who turned politics in a new reality show genre. Comedians, faced with the dilemma of satirising a self-satirising White House, have adopted a more journalistic persona. John Oliver and Samantha Bee mix gags with serious reportage, much of it directed against Trump.

Stephen Colbert, who struggled at first as David Letterman’s successor after shedding his mock right-wing persona, may overtake apolitical Jimmy Fallon in the late-night ratings.

The mimicry of Alec Baldwin and the casting of Melissa McCarthy as Sean “Spicey” Spicer has once again made SNL appointment viewing.

Philip Roth’s The Plot Against America, which imagines as president Charles Lindbergh, the aviator who became the spokesman of the America First Committee in the early years of World War II, has also enjoyed a revival. Hulu is streaming a dramatisation of Margaret Atwood’s The Handmaid’s Tale, which imagines a totalitarian America.

On Broadway, a stage adaptation of 1984 is in the works.

Next month unveils the fifth season of House of Cards, but in the wake of accusations of Russian meddling, its plotlines, once considered so outlandish, now seem more run-of-the-mill, a case perhaps of life overtaking art.

There has long been two Americas, one that favours pick-up trucks over Prius hybrids, Walmart over Whole Foods, Duck Dynasty over This American Life. This age of Trump, as well as accentuating those divisions, has brought with it new identifying markers.

Do you wear a scarlet Make America Great Again baseball cap or a pink woollen hat? Would you buy an Ivanka Trump dress? Do you agree with Alex Jones, the host of the far-right Infowars, or Van Jones, CNN’s leading pundit? Or, more simply, do you have faith in the president? Increasingly, how you respond to Trump determines which America you inhabit.

Many Rust Belt voters continue to adore Trump because liberals hate him so. They voted for the billionaire partly to punch sneering bicoastal liberals in the nose. They are enjoying the sight of elite blood being shed in such quantities.

Because of the shadow cast by the Russian allegations, these first 100 days have sometimes felt like the final days of an ailing administration. Trump is routinely cast as a modern-day Richard Nixon. Yet while it is difficult sometimes to see how this administration can remain viable in its present form, it is harder to imagine how it would be brought to a premature end.

Barring some catastrophic revelation emerging from the FBI’s investigation into Team Trump’s alleged links with the Kremlin or some massive financial scandal, the Republican leadership is unlikely to move against him. In the unlikely event that it launched impeachment proceedings, here the constitution is his friend.

It is hard to dislodge an incumbent president.

The Founding Fathers, who came up with a governing model that has constrained Trump, also came up with an electoral model, the Electoral College, which has already helped him and may do so again. That will be true if the Rust Belt remains a stronghold.

The Founding Fathers, who came up with a governing model that has constrained Trump, also came up with an electoral model, the Electoral College, which has already helped him and may do so again. That will be true if the Rust Belt remains a stronghold.

The overwhelming sense, based on the popular vote in November and opinion polls since, is that more Americans are anti-Trump than pro.

But the sense also is that many blue-collar battlers remain fiercely loyal. So to write him off would be to repeat the same analytical mistake commentators have made since he first announced for the presidency, that of underestimation.

For while Liberals regard their new president as a national embarrassment, most of his supporters continue to view him as a potential national saviour.

One hundred days into a presidency the like of which this country has never seen before, the state of the union is disunion, and the battle continues.

Derivative Source: Nick Bryant

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20 Gunmen Break Into a Walmart, Terrorize the Employees and Loot the Store Before Fleeing


The assaulted Walmart is near the Nativitas Metro, on Calzada de Tlalpan. Photo: Foursquare Choy R.

A group of about 20 people, armed, entered this morning at the Walmart store located on Calzada de Tlalpan, in the Benito Juárez branch, where they pillaged employees, stole items and fled.

According to the first reports, at around 12:15 am this Saturday, the group of subjects entered the shop of self-services, in the colony Americas Unidas, hurt the employees, locked them in an attached warehouse, to later commit The theft.

Officially it is reported that the gunmen robbed an ATM, and took merchandise such as appliances, computers and telephony.

The Attorney General’s Office of Justice reported that the Investigation Police (PDI) carried out fieldwork to locate the likely participants.

In addition, the agent of the Public Prosecutor’s Office of the Territorial Coordination BJ-3 initiated a bureau of investigation for the crime of robbery with violence and gave intervention to elements of the PDI and experts in photography, criminalistics and valuation, who continue the investigations in the Business, in order to gather indications that allow to find with the implicated, to determine the amount of the stolen thing and to avoid impunity.

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Saturday Echoes 


666 Memory Lane

It’s a cold, blustery, day

In the distance, the neighbors are target shooting

The sound of each round echoes through the woods

It reminds me of something

The sound…it evokes a primal emotion within me, and it’s beautiful in its way

It’s the sound of safety…of preservation…of revolution

It is the sound of love blowing out the flame

All one ever deserved or has given comes back in the echo of that sound

I remember hunting with my dad in West Texas when I was little. He and I would ride on the tool box in the back of the truck, while my grandmother drove barely faster than a walking pace. I got to hold his rifle, as he scanned the desert for deer, his binoculars in one hand and a beer in the other.

That rifle was as long as I was tall and I felt very important because…

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Your Life On The Internet Is About To Change, Big Brother Says So…


Those who grew up with the internet always suspected that things would go awry some day, and now it is about to happen. We need to band together and fight for what is ours, but sometimes even the best end up losing the battle.

This appears to be one of those times…

There’s nothing more to see, no more links to visit.
You’ve done it all.
This is the very last page on the very last server at the very far end of the internet.

You should now turn off your computer and go do something useful with the rest of your life. *

Suggestions:

  • Read a book
  • Do some public service
  • Personally interact with your neighbors that you’ve probably only met online
  • Plant a tree
  • Introduce yourself to those other people who live at your house (your family).*

Please don’t forget to turn off the lights on your way out.

In order to save time, we will now start downloading the internet to your local drive.

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Facebook Suspending 30,000+ Accounts, Priority: Accounts With “High Volumes Of Posting Activity and the Biggest Audiences”


FUCK YOU ZUCKERMAN!

Facebook said it was acting against 30,000 accounts this week. It said its priority was to remove suspect accounts with high volumes of posting activity and the biggest audiences.

This is happening now in Europe, but if you think it isn’t coming here, or hasn’t already happened, then you aren’t one of us it in those targeted categories that have already been punished by lengthy stays in Facebook Jail.

The move, which comes 10 days before the first round of a hotly contested French presidential election, is among the most aggressive yet by Facebook to move against accounts that violate its terms of service, rather than simply respond to complaints.

Facebook is under intense pressure in Europe as governments across the continent threaten new laws and fines unless the company moves quickly to remove extremist propaganda or other content that violates local laws.

The pressure on social media sites including Twitter, Google’s YouTube and Facebook has intensified in the run-up to the elections in France and Germany.

Facebook already has a program in France to use outside fact-checkers to combat fake news in users’ feeds.

Also on Thursday, Facebook took out full-page ads in Germany’s best-selling newspapers to educate readers on how to spot fake news.

U.S. intelligence agencies have determined that the Russian government interfered with the U.S. election last year in order to help Donald Trump win the presidency. Officials say a similar campaign is under way in Europe to promote right-wing, nationalist parties and undermine the European Union.

In a blog post, Facebook said it was acting against 30,000 fake accounts in France. It said its priority was to remove suspect accounts with high volumes of posting activity and the biggest audiences.

Two people familiar with Facebook’s process said the company had strengthened its formula for detecting deceptive accounts being run by automated means. As an example, the new process considers accounts that have smaller circles of friends and that therefore had been less of a priority previously.

A key motivator was the need to get tougher on misinformation ahead of the French elections, the people said, although the move also targets accounts that generated spam for financial gain.

“We’ve made improvements to recognise these inauthentic accounts more easily by identifying patterns of activity — without assessing the content itself,” Shabnam Shaik, a Facebook security team manager, wrote in an official blog post.

The company is using automated pattern-recognition to identify repeated posting of the same content and increases in messaging.

Thursday’s action follows other moves by Facebook to make it easier for users to report potential fraud and hoaxes.

In other words, helping Liberal trolls get our legitimate conservative profile banned even more than they do already!

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It’s Official! Kim Jong-un’s Penis Is Smallest of All Time


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Scientist were ecstatic today when the official measurements of North Korean leader, Kim Jong-un’s penis was made public, making his penis size, the smallest ever on human record.

Dr. Jorgenson, a Penis Information Size Specialist (PISS) from the University of South London, published a medical journal outlining this exciting discovery.  Dr. Jorgenson had this to say about what he calls, the most profoundly small penis in well over 20,000 years of human development.  “It’s a miracle,” Dr. Jorgenson said with the enthusiasm of a young college student, “Kim Jong-un’s penis length came in under 2.0 uber-nanometers (fully erect) which was a measurement we had to invent because we couldn’t measure anything that small before.  This size smashed the previous record for smallest penis held by Republican Presidential nominee, Donald Trump, who measured an impressive 2.1 uber-nanometers (also fully erect) and no one in the scientific community thought that was even…

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The Lying Liberal Press Has Been Spreading #FakeNews About The Cost Of The MOAB. Surprised?


The giant bomb U.S. forces dropped Thursday on an ISIS training camp in Afghanistan did not cost $314 million to develop, or $16 million per unit as reported by multiple news outlets. Far from it, barely a fraction of that.

The bomb U.S. forced dropped Thursday on an ISIS training camp in Afghanistan cost U.S. taxpayers an estimated $170,000 per unit in 2003, but the Pentagon does not have an exact cost, according to an Air Force statement.

The Air Force’s cost estimate for the MOAB — the largest non-nuclear bomb ever detonated in combat — includes parts, labor, and contracted components, according to “an estimate put together at the time” MOAB was produced, Air Force spokeswoman Ann Stefanek told The Daily Caller News Foundation. The first MOAB bomb was made leading up to the Iraq war in 2003, and $170,000 spent that year would be closer to $227,000 today, adjusting for inflation.

Multiple news outlets reported Thursday that each Massive Ordnance Air Blast (MOAB), or Mother of All Bombs, bomb cost $16 million, with a total program cost of $314 million. Those figures were likely gleaned from a misreading of an Los Angeles Times article about a different bomb, and a questionable military asset website, The DCNF reported Thursday.

Every news report about cost of the “Mother of All Bombs” relied on a misreading of a 2011 article or a dubious internet website that InfoWars once linked to with a “healthy bit of skepticism.”

The actual cost of the bomb is unknown. The actual cost of the program isn’t publicly available because the Mother of All Bombs, officially known as GBU-43 or the Massive Ordinance Air Blast (MOAB), is manufactured by the military and not a private defense company.

In fact, the Air Force doesn’t even keep track of the per unit cost, nor the cost of the program as a whole, because it is not manufactured privately.

“We don’t have a cost per unit” for the MOAB, Air Force spokesperson Ann Stefanek told The Daily Caller News Foundation. “These munitions were produced in-house so we don’t have a standard procurement cost associated with them.”

The Air Force mostly used existing technologies and hardware for the first MOAB prototypes and never contracted out the full production of the bomb, so they did not need to itemize and add the cost of each weapon component, Stefanek told TheDCNF.

Many reports Thursday, including USA Today, the Washington ExaminerCNBC and others, claimed the MOAB cost $314 million to develop, citing a 2011 Los Angeles Times report.

The cost estimates in that article, however, only refer to the cost of the Air Force’s biggest bunker busting bomb, the 5,300 pound Massive Ordnance Penetrator (MOP), or GBU-57, which is built by private defense contractor Boeing Company. “At a total cost of about $314 million, the military has developed and ordered 20 of the GPS-guided bombs, called Massive Ordnance Penetrators,” the LA Times report says.

(Via AP) A strike by the largest non-nuclear weapon ever used in combat by the U.S. military killed 36 Islamic State group militants and left no civilian casualties, hitting a tunnel complex in the remote mountains of eastern Afghanistan, Afghan officials said Friday.

While the two bomb types are related, they serve different functions — the MOP is designed to destroy underground bunkers as deep as 200 feet below the surface, while the MOAP crushes everything on the surface within a wide radius. The MOAB, like its Daisy Cutter predecessor, can only be dropped out of a C-130 built by Lockheed Martin, and the MOP is deployed from the B-2, a Northrop Grumman aircraft.

Many news organizations, including TIME and CNBC, also cited Deagel.com, a site with extensive lists of weapons assets owned by multiple countries, which claims the MOAB costs $16 million per unit, the same amount as the reported cost of the MOP.

Deagel links to no source to verify its information. The site’s IP is registered to an address in Spain, and the most press they’ve received was for a 2015 prediction that the U.S. population would drop by more than 80 percent by 2025 due to an economic and cultural collapse. “The American collapse is set to be far worse than the Soviet Union’s one [sic],” the forecast said.

InfoWars wrote this disclaimer when it wrote up Deagel’s report: “…we publish this report with some hesitation and a healthy bit of skepticism, yet find it compelling enough given the current global environment that it may be of interest to readers.”

The Air Force did award at least one contract in the development of the bomb to Dynetics, a defense contractor headquartered in Huntsville, Ala., for design of the bomb’s guidance system for the relatively low sum of $35,000.

The MOAB replaced the Vietnam-era bomb known as the “Daisy Cutter,” but is far more powerful and boasts greater navigation capabilities than its predecessor.

Like the Daisy Cutter, the MOAB delivers a pressurized blast a few feet off the ground that crushes everything in a wide radius.

“What it does is basically suck out all of the oxygen and lights the air on fire,” Bill Roggio, senior fellow at the Foundation for Defense of Democracies, told Air Force Times. “It’s a way to get into areas where conventional bombs can’t reach.”

The Air Force Research Laboratory ordered design concepts for “a 21,000-pound weapon system called the Massive Ordnance Air Blast” in April 2002, according to a 2014 report Dynetics delivered to the Senate Committee on Appropriations.

Dynetics then partnered with the Air Force to build and test three prototypes of the MOAB on March 11, 2003. Anyone within 20 miles of Eglin Air Force Base in Florida that day would have been able to see a giant mushroom cloud on the horizon at 1 p.m.

Dynetics partnered with the Air Force laboratory to build three prototypes of the MOAB, one of which was tested on March 11, 2003. Anyone within 20 miles of Eglin Air Force Base in Florida that day would have been able to see a giant mushroom cloud on the horizon at 1 p.m. The Air Force conducted a second test later that year.

After the test, the Pentagon ordered the bombs, and Dynetics helped produce “more than 10 weapons and delivered them between April and May,” rapidly turning around the weapon just nine weeks after the first successful test.

The process happened so fast that technicians painted the MOAB John Deere green because that was “the only color available in the amount we needed,”said Robert Hammack, AFRL Munitions Directorate Munitions Fabrication Facility.

“Every technical glitch or roadblock we encountered was worked out,” Robert Hammack, who lead the design team for AFRL, said in an Air Force post about the history of the MOAB. “Our team was filled with engineers and other people with deeply important skill sets necessary to pull this off.”

The fact that the bomb was never used during the Iraq war doesn’t mean they didn’t have an effect, according to the Air Force. “The most amazing thing about MOAB is it’s the most powerful bomb ever built and has done its job — deterring the enemy — simply because they know about it,” Hammack said.

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Condition Red in North Korea? Kim Jong-Un Orders ‘IMMEDIATE EVACUATION of Pyongyang’ – PRAVDA


Russia and Asian media are reporting that the North Korean capital of Pyongyang is being evacuated ahead of a “big surprise” on Saturday.

Nearly everyone is interpreting that to mean North Korean leader Kim Jong-un is planning to do something that will spark war with the United States.

According to South Korean media, residents in the kingdom have said goodbye to each other, sparking concerns the tyrannical leader could be about to act after months of nuclear weapon testing.

From Pravda (translated):

North Korean leader Kim Jong-un gave the order, according to which, 25% of North Korea’s capital Pyongyang must urgently leave.

That is 600 thousand people need to be evacuated. Experts note that it is likely this is due to the extremely heightened tensions with the United States. There is information that the bomb shelter Pyongyang will not be able to accommodate the entire population of the capital. As a result, 600,000 people urgently need to leave the city – first of all people to break the law, tried.

Receive information and that a grouping of the US Navy, unfolding off the coast of Korea, joined at least one modified missile like “Ohio” bearing type “Tomahawk” missiles 154. According to media reports, the missile is expected to arrive in the port of registry for 18 of April.

Meanwhile, according to the South Korean newspaper, prewar farewell began in North Korea. North Korean residents say goodbye “to each other, the house, the native plant or enterprise, forest, field, sky, river and the sea, the mountains.” But say goodbye to the security forces, party or mentioned in the Word farewell leadership of the country is prohibited.

Recall that at the weekend through Chinese social media circulated reports that the auxiliaries and doctors sent to the border of North Korea.

Widespread picture, which shows the chain of military trains moving around Shenyana– city, located about 200 miles from the North Korean border.

About 150,000 Chinese military were mobilized in anticipation of North Korean refugees escape from the country in case of a US airstrike.

Lieutenant General H. R. McMaster, in turn, said that his commander in chief ordered the direction of the US carrier strike group to the region. McMaster said the decision to move US Navy ships in the Sea of Japan, “reasonable”, given North Korea’s “provocative behavior model.”

Speaking to Fox News, McMaster said: “The president has asked (us) to be prepared and to provide him with a full range of options to eliminate this threat.”

Recall that North Korea has condemned the attack Trump in Syria, calling it an act of “intolerable aggression”.

By the way, the news of the transfer of Chinese troops have managed to scatter on the media. RIA “News”, for example, it denied. China also denied information on the transfer of 150 thousand soldiers to the border of North Korea.

Earlier expert Aydin Mehdiyev said next aggravation of the situation may occur on April 15, when North Korea could conduct another test an intercontinental ballistic missile.”

However, a well-known Russian orientalist , Professor Andrei Lankov, who for many years worked in Seoul, warns that if the United States will cause a military attack on the facilities of North Korea, back Pyongyang could directly endanger the lives of 25 million residents of Seoul, which is located on the border of North and south. “In this case, a new Korean war is inevitable,” – he warns.

Source: Translated publication from pravda.ru/korea.news

Russia and Asian media are reporting that the North Korean capital of Pyongyang is being evacuated ahead of a “big surprise” on Saturday.

Nearly everyone is interpreting that to mean North Korean leader Kim Jong-un is planning to do something that will spark war with the United States.

According to South Korean media, residents in the kingdom have said goodbye to each other, sparking concerns the tyrannical leader could be about to act after months of nuclear weapon testing.
A tweet from Channel NewsAsia’s Beijing Correspondent Jeremy Koh said: “We’ve been told to be ready to move out at 6.20am, but no idea why. Also, no cell phones allowed.”

More than 200 foreign journalists are in Pyongyang as the country marks the 105th birthday of its founding president Kim Il Sung on April 15.

Foreign reporters have been told to prepare for a “big and important event” on North Korea’s biggest national celebration, called ‘Day of the Sun’.

Hundreds of journalists from around the world are in Pyongyang at present, and they have been told to get ready for a MAJOR event this weekend.

Folks, it looks like this is really happening. The North Korean leadership is just that INSANE.

Thank God we have a REAL leader in charge to handle the situation.

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Woman Commands One of the Navy Ships that Fired Missiles Into Syria – VIDEO


The Department of Defense identified the USS Porter and the USS Ross as the two US Navy destroyers that fired Tomahawk cruise missiles into Syria on Wednesday in retaliation for the Assad regime’s use of nerve agents on its own people.

The USS Porter is one of the Navy destroyers that launched the cruise missile strike into Syria.

Commander Andria Slough, a 1998 graduate of the US Naval Academy, is the captain of the Porter. Her counterpart on the USS Ross is Commander Russell Caldwell, according to the web pages for both ships.

 

During her Navy career, Slough has served on a variety of ships and had previously commanded a minesweeper, the USS Defender.

Caldwell, originally from South Africa, graduated from the University of Kansas in 1998. He also served on several Navy ships before taking command of the USS Ross. He also has a master’s degree in Information Operations from the Navy Post Graduate School.

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Both ships are Arleigh Burke-class guide missile destroyers and are assigned to the Navy’s forward deployed base in Rota, Spain.

The strike was conducted using Tomahawk Land Attack Missiles – or TLAMS – launched from the USS Porter and the USS Ross in the eastern Mediterranean Sea, the Navy said.

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A total of 59 TLAMS targeted aircraft, hardened shelters, air defense systems, and supply depots at the al-Shayrat Airfield – where US officials said the chemical weapons were stored before they were used on the Syrian people.

Guided missile destroyers like the USS Porter and the USS Ross have a crew of about 33 commissioned officers, 38 senior non-commissioned officers and a crew of 210 enlisted sailors.

The ships are powered by gas turbine engines and are capable of speeds in excess of 30 knots or about 35 mph.

In addition to their ability to launch guided missiles, US Navy destroyers – known as DDGs – are designed to carry out anti-ship, anti-air and anti-submarine operations using a variety of weapons systems.

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Kansas Rock Your Rights Festival – Molly Hatchet and Special Guests: Ted Nugent, Kris Kobach, Larry Pratt, Sheriff Richard Mack, KrisAnne Hall – May 13th


The Kansas Rock Your Rights Festival hosted by the Hog Holler Saloon and brought to you by The Kansas Chamber of Liberty PAC

Local favorite, Queen Anne’s Revenge is opening the show.

Rally to be live streamed to over 1 million online viewers!

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This is a Rally Cry and Call to Action to our Kansas leaders and every Kansas Citizen to stand with us in defense of the Second Amendment Protection Act of Kansas, and all Kansas citizens against prosecution by the federal government in their infringement of our Natural Rights GUARANTEED by the Second Amendment of the Constitution of the United States of America. We have recently had two Kansas citizens face Federal prosecution for actions protected under the Second Amendment Protection Act of Kansas.

Special Guests include…

Ted Nugentan American musician and political activist. Nugent initially gained fame as the lead guitarist of the Amboy Dukes, a band formed in 1963 that played psychedelic rock and hard rock. After playing with the Amboy Dukes, he embarked on a solo career.

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Larry Prattthe executive director emeritus of Gun Owners of America, a United States-based firearms lobbying group, and a former member of the Virginia House of Delegates. He is also Vice Chairman of the American Institute for Cancer Research.

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Sheriff Richard Mackthe former sheriff of Graham County, Arizona and a political activist. He is known for his role in a successful lawsuit brought against the federal government of the United States which alleged that portions of the Brady Handgun Violence Prevention Act violated the United States Constitution. He is a former lobbyist for Gun Owners of America (GOA) and a two-time candidate for United States Congress. Mack is also the founder of Constitutional Sheriffs and Peace Officers Association (CSPOA), and established the “County Sheriff Project” movement, both of whom claim the power to refuse to enforce federal laws.

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KrisAnne Hallan attorney and former prosecutor who travels the country teaching the Constitution and the history that gave us our founding documents. KrisAnne will connect the dots for you like no one else can! Host of The KrisAnne Hall Show, she pulls no punches, puts Liberty First and gives no quarter to those who hide behind party labels. Like no other host, KrisAnne will tell you what the founders had to say on today’s relevant issues. KrisAnne will be streaming one of her fiery speeches that will be projected on a big screen.

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Kris Kobachthe Secretary of State of Kansas, serving since 2011. He is a former chairman of Kansas Republican Party and city councilman in Overland Park, Kansas. He is currently of counsel with the Immigration Reform Law Institute, the legal arm of the Federation for American Immigration Reform (FAIR)

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General Admission Tickets are only $20!

The Gun Owners of America Foundation will be conducting a 20 firearm raffle with only 2500 tickets sold for $10 apiece. If you win, your ticket goes back in the barrel for a shot at winning again! Get your tickets now, only $20 in advance and $30 at the door (if there are any tickets left).

We are offering a special VIP Luncheon package, which includes a full top of the line meal with Ted Nugent, Larry Pratt, Kris Kobach and Sheriff Mack, 1 general admission ticket to the concert and an “I’m in the Fight” concert T-Shirt for $100. These packages are limited to the first 100 purchasers.

All tickets are available on line, click here: PURCHASE TICKETS

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This is a rain or shine outdoor event, please come prepared. Backpacks, outside food or beverages, and recording of concert is not allowed.

VIP Luncheon at 2:00 PM

Gates open at 4:00 PM for General Admission

Rally begins at 5:00 PM

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Visit the Facebook Event Page HERE, and RSVP!

For  information about HOG HOLLER, CLICK HERE!

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Camping at Lake Perry, Kansas – CLICK HERE!

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