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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Neil Gorsuch Was Unanimously Confirmed in 2006 by the Very People Criticizing His Nomination Now!


Is it true that Gorsuch was approved by unanimous consent by the Senate for a court of appeals seat in 2006? Absolutely, and here’s the proof!

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Judge Neil Gorsuch was unanimously confirmed to the 10th Circuit Court of Appeals in 2006.

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TRUE

ORIGIN

On 31 January 2017, President Donald Trump announced his nomination for the Supreme Court to replace the late Antonin Scalia: federal appellate judge Neil Gorsuch.  Almost immediately after the announcement, Democratic senators began to voice their opposition to President Trump’s nominee:

schumerComments such as those reproduced above were seen as hypocritical by some supporters, as Gorsuch had been confirmed to the 10th Circuit Court of Appeals more than a decade earlier with very little opposition. Conservative web outlets published articles saying that Gorsuch had been confirmed for his current position unanimously and had enjoyed the full support of Democratic senators at the time, including Chuck Schumer, Joe Biden, Barack Obama, and Hillary Clinton.

That Gorsuch was confirmed unanimously by the Senate is completely true. According to the a Congressional Research Service (CRS) report on the U.S. Circuit and District Court Nominations made by President George W. Bush, Gorsuch was confirmed in an “en bloc voice vote” on 20 July 2006.

A Denver Post article published a month before Gorsuch’s 2006 confirmation detailed the Denver judge’s career and noted that he faced little opposition and was considered a shoo-in. In fact, only one Senator, Republican Lindsey Graham, questioned Gorsuch during a twenty-minute Senate committee confirmation hearing:

Denver native Neil Gorsuch seemed headed toward easy confirmation to the Denver-based 10th Circuit Court of Appeals after gliding through a 20-minute U.S. Senate committee hearing on his qualifications.

Only one senator on the 18-member Judiciary Committee attended the hearing, a signal the nomination is not controversial.

“I have nothing but good things to say about Mr. Gorsuch,” said Sen. Lindsey Graham, R-S.C., the sole senator at the hearing. Graham worked with the Columbia-, Harvard- and Oxford-educated Gorsuch at the Department of Justice.

Gorsuch’s actual confirmation was also non-controversial. However, stating that Gorsuch received the full support from all quarters may be slightly disingenuous, as individual votes were taken by voice and were not tallied:

Gorsuch’s nomination was approved on a voice vote. Individual votes weren’t tallied because the nomination wasn’t deemed controversial.

Biden and Schumer, however, were members of the Senate Judiciary Committee in 2006 and, as far as we can find, raised no objections to Gorsuch’s confirmation back then.

Another Congressional Service Research report, this one concerning the appointment process of for U.S. Circuit and District Court nominations, noted that although circuit court nominations require a simple majority vote, most nominees are by custom confirmed unanimously:

Customarily, most circuit or district court nominations have reached confirmation under the terms of unanimous consent agreements. On this procedural track, the Senate by unanimous consent not only takes up nominations for floor consideration, but also arranges for them to either receive up or-down confirmation votes or be confirmed simply by unanimous consent. If a roll call vote is asked for, a simple majority of Senators voting, with a minimal quorum of 51 being present, is required to approve a nomination. 

During the 109th Congress, for instance, the Senate voted unanimously in favor of confirmation during eight roll call votes. Two other nominations (Gorsuch and Bobby Shepherd) were confirmed by an en bloc vote

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Coca-Cola Company Sponsors April as National Arab American Heritage Month! #AmericaFirst Network


Clearing out my junk email this morning, I was taking a drink of Diet Pepsi when I saw an email from Arab America and figured it had to be some spam hoax to get you to click on an evil Russian virus or something, so I made sure my security filters were good and set, then clicked on it, holding my breath…

No bells and whistles. Hmm…what do we have here?

Inside was this courteous invitation to join arms in recognizing and celebrating National Arab American Heritage Month!

Checked out the links, it was legitimate. Website links, contact info, sponsor links, mostly with weird alphabet soup names of companies I’d never heard of.

Meh, no big deal…

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Arab America invites you to recognize and celebrate National Arab American Heritage Month this April!

Celebrating National Arab American Heritage Month April 2017

During the month of April, Arab America formally recognizes the achievements of Arab Americans through the celebration of National Arab American Heritage Month (NAAHM). Across the country, cultural institutions, school districts, public servants, and Arab Americans will engage in special events that celebrate our community’s rich heritage and numerous contributions to society.

During a time of heightened hate crimes, bigotry, and misunderstanding towards the Arab American community, it is more imperative than ever to use education and information sharing to embrace our culture, dispel stereotypes, and empower the next generation of Arab American trailblazers.

As part of our month-long celebration, Arab America has been asking legislators, city councils, and school board members to issue NAAHM proclamations and adopt our NAAHM curriculum kit. Sent to nearly 100 school districts, the curriculum kit highlights the history of Arab migration to America, geographic understanding of the Arab world, Arab American diversity in faith and language, interesting customs and traditions, issues affecting our community, and our many achievements in business, politics, education, and more.

Among those recognizing NAAHM include Fairfax County Board of Supervisors, Arlington Public Schools, Montgomery County Public Schools, the City of Dearborn Heights, and the U.S. Customs and Border Protection.

Arab America is also committed to promoting the community’s events and stories through our website and social media platforms during the month of April. Every week, Arab America will feature cultural events taking place throughout the US on our events page, and share compelling success stories of Arab Americans on our blog page.

“Unfortunately, we’re in a time where negative stereotyping and political rhetoric have induced unwarranted hate and bigotry directed against our community,” said Arab America president, Warren David. “We are hopeful that the spirit of National Arab American Heritage Month will restore the dignity our community deserves.”

As the leading provider of digital media to the Arab American community, Arab America will also work alongside diverse partners to host a cross-cultural reception in Washington DC, featuring Arab American leaders, members of Congress, and talented artists.

Arab America encourages members of the community, their friends, the media, educators, and public servants to join us in our formal recognition of April as National Arab American Heritage Month.

Arab America is a digital platform founded with the purpose of reinforcing an accurate image of the Arab American community and the Arab World. Arab America’s mission is achieved by disseminating the latest news, up-to-date events, and cultural and educational resources. With close to four million Arab Americans in the US, Arab America serves as a “bridge” bringing together the diverse communities of Arab Americans.

Nisreen Eadeh

Communications Coordinator

neadeh@arabamerica.com

202-827-4005

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Then, scrolling down the sponsors list, I suddenly  spit the Pepsi all over my monitor…

 

 

Sponsors for National Arab American Heritage Month

Leadership Circle…

Celebrating National Arab American Heritage Month April 2017

 

If you hadn’t known that something was coming, wouldn’t you have spit on your monitor too?

Anyway, I’m just putting this out there for you, if you think it is a great idea for Coca-Cola to be involved with this, more power to you…

But, I’m sticking with my Pepsi!

Here is the link to the website, check it out yourself…

Source: Celebrating National Arab American Heritage Month April 2017

 

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Legendary Singer Carman Licciardello Debuts New President Donald Trump Song {Video}


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Gospel legend Carman Licciardello has written a song for President Donald Trump that takes a look back at the grueling 2016 campaign season. “As a cancer survivor from 2014 I’ve learned to look on the brighter side of life and I hope it’s reflected in my music.”

In his Facebook live video on Thursday that has been viewed over 100,000 times, Carman celebrated his birthday by pulling out his guitar, chatting with fans and singing some songs. The 45-minute video ended with a song dedication he wrote for the 45th president of the United States

Since Trump hadn’t been sworn into office at the time the Facebook Live video was broadcast, the singer decided to compile a few headlines and popular Trump quotes and use them as his song lyric inspiration.

The following is the transcribed lyrics to Carman’s song, “President Trump Blues.”

“He came down the escalator/ He said November I’m the man/ Going out to Washington and kicking a few cans/ Trade deals are awful/ Healthcare’s a dump/ Pack your bags, political hacks I’m going to drain the swamp.

I’m T.R.U.M.P/ the biggest upset that you’ll ever see/ The lefts gone crazy/ The media’s stumped, afraid someday they have to say, President Trump

He said Obama is clueless/ and little Marco is small/ he said Lying Ted ain’t never said one thing true at all/ As far as Mrs. Clinton and all her email stuff/ the people still say every day, man just lock her up

Cuz I’m T.R.U.M.P/ The biggest upset that you’ll ever see/ The lefts gone crazy/ The media’s stumped afraid someday they have to say, President Trump

He said I’ll handle Russia/ China ain’t no sweat/ Mexico still don’t know who they’re dealing with yet/ All illegals/ Hear me one and all/ I got news, I’m changing the rules, I’m going to Build That Wall

Now Hillary’s crying/ she’s mad and she’s ill/ she’s blaming everybody and throwing dishes at Bill/ The president’s in a panic, why’s he making us wait?/ While Hillary’s bitter, Donald’s on Twitter making America great.

Cuz I’m T.R.U.M.P/ The biggest upset that you’ll ever see

They even tried a recount/ People went bezerk/ Actors versus electors, man that didn’t work/ They blamed all the white folks in the USA/ They blamed Russia, Putin, Mickey and Minnie and even the KKK/ The students cried, The Liberals tried, but America had its way/

Now we all have to say to our commander and chief today/ Mr. President Trump.”

Once done with the song, Carman ended the video with a final comment on the political divide between Democrats and Republicans. The 61 year old said he learned a lot from watching all of the election coverage, so he called for understanding.

He said that all voters always only look at the good their candidate has to offer, so in return people should look for the best in eachother. Carman declared that regardless of who’s in power, God is the one who is always in control.

“God is still on the throne, Jesus is still Lord, the Bible is still the word of God. Scripture has made its way all down through the ages. As many presidents that have reigned as many rulers that have reigned, no one has ever been able to take away the presence of the Holy Spirit here on the planet. They have never been able to hinder the Word of God from going forth. And ultimately presidents change, rulers change but the Word of God stays the same. It is always the same, yesterday today and forever.”

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“The Border Has Come to Kansas” by Sheriff Tim Morse, Not Your Usual Democrat! Must Read and Share!


Not your usual Democrat, Sheriff Tim Morse has a perspective on illegal immigrants that is highly unusual for a man affiliated with that party. I have known him for some years and can vouch that he means what he says. He’s also very driven and dedicated to clearing out the practicing felons and drug connected traffic that seems to come through this area of the midwest on it’s way to the mainstream users.

Rarely a week goes by without seeing headlines such as these:

Two Topeka residents arrested in Jackson County after vehicle chase …

Jackson County Sheriff’s Office investigate Holton drug distribution …

Drug suspect turns himself in to Jackson County Sheriff

Please read this, think about it, share it with your friends, share it with YOUR Sheriff and local law enforcement agencies!  – Les Roediger – The Roediger Report
Posted March 17, 2017 05:59 pm, by Tim Morse, Jackson County, Kansas Sheriff 

Sheriff Tim Morse: The border has come to Kansas…

“Growing up in Kansas, right smack dab in the middle of America’s heartland, it felt like the southern border and the many problems associated with it, like illegal immigration, drugs and threats of terrorism − were far away. But because of decades of lax immigration enforcement policies and public officials of both parties who turned a blind eye to illegal immigration, every state in the country has now become a border state. And that includes Kansas.

Today, there are a million or more criminal aliens walking the streets of America. These aren’t just people who entered our nation illegally, but they also committed crimes, many of them violent, against their U.S. citizen or immigrant neighbors. Heroin and methamphetamine continue to pour into the country over the southern border, poisoning the minds of our youths and leading some to an early grave.

As the new administration in Washington vows to crack down on illegal immigration and regain control of the border by building a border wall, it must also focus like a laser beam on putting the nation’s 300 or more dangerous sanctuary cities out of the business of protecting criminal aliens.

Sanctuary cities are those towns, counties or communities that adopt policies, ordinances, resolutions, executive actions or any initiatives that prohibit local officials from inquiring, acting on or reporting an individual’s immigration status – even when there is reasonable suspicion that an individual is in the country illegally.

Many of these sanctuary jurisdictions go so far as to refuse to honor Immigration and Customs Enforcement (ICE) detainers – requests to hold aliens for 48 hours who have committed crimes and should be deported – and instead release those criminals back onto the streets. Between January 1, 2014 and September 30, 2014, sanctuary jurisdictions released 9,295 aliens that ICE had sought to remove. Shockingly, 2,320 of the offenders were re-arrested within that 10 month period.

The very presence of sanctuary laws and practices throughout the U.S. actually serves as a magnet for future illegal immigration, since once illegal immigrants enter a sanctuary jurisdiction, they’re home free. There are an estimated 70,000 illegal immigrants in Kansas alone, costing the state nearly $442 million annually. Stunningly, illegal immigration costs U.S. taxpayers about $113 billion a year at the federal, state and local level. The bulk of the costs – some $84 billion – are absorbed by state and local governments.

One of the first lessons learned from 9/11 was that state and local law enforcement and federal law enforcement need to work in tandem with federal immigration officials to form a web of protection for the American public. Surprisingly, two of the 9/11 hijackers with immigration violations had come into direct contact with state and local law enforcement officials just days before the attacks.

Had there been better and more consistent cooperation between federal and local law enforcement when those encounters occurred, we might have prevented the attacks altogether. With a limited number of federal immigration enforcement officials across the country, state and local law enforcement officers are boots on the ground, and should able to serve as force multipliers to assist ICE in targeted immigration enforcement efforts.

I’d also urge the Trump administration to push for federal legislation that shields local police and sheriff’s departments from being sued for assisting in immigration enforcement. I know many sheriffs who’d gladly pitch in if it wasn’t for the fear of watching their communities bear the cost of a lawsuit.

For those who argue we should continue to turn a blind eye to illegal immigration, I’d ask them to think again. We’re seeing increased victimization, especially among illegal immigrant women, some of whom are purchased and then smuggled into the country to live their lives in forced prostitution rings. Local law enforcement is not doing them any favors by ignoring this problem.

The best analogy for border control is the notion of people locking their doors at night. We don’t lock our doors because we lack compassion for the homeless or the poor, we lock our doors because we want to ensure the safety of our families. The same concept applies to our borders. The federal government has the duty to control admissions into the U.S., ensuring only those who will positively contribute to our nation are allowed to enter. Otherwise, we’re setting ourselves up for mayhem.”  

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Brad Pitt and Angelina Jolie’s Shocking Stand On Gun Control – Obama Must Be Livid!


Barack Hussein Obama has shamelessly been using the tragedy to fuel his anti-gun agenda.

The liberal world of Hollywood has firmly stood behind Obama, with legions of celebrities speaking out against both guns and the Second Amendment.

That’s why it came as a huge surprise when Hollywood royalty Brad Pitt and Angelina Jolie spoke out to declare themselves to be proud gun owners.

Jolie said she became quite good at using guns while training for her many action movie roles. Now, she can’t imagine living in a home without a gun.

“If anybody comes into my home and tries to hurt my kids,” she proudly declared, “I have no problem shooting them.”

Pitt told reporters that he comes from an extensive background of using guns.

“I got my first BB gun when I was in nursery school,” he said. “I got my first shotgun by first grade, I had shot a handgun by third grade and I grew up in a pretty sane environment.”

The actor went on to defend the Second Amendment, pointing out that the United States was “founded on guns.”

“It’s very strange,” he concluded, “but I feel better having a gun. I really do. I don’t feel safe, I don’t feel the house is completely safe, if I don’t have one hidden somewhere.”

We applaud Angelina Jolie and Brad Pitt for taking a stand for the Second Amendment. SHARE if you stand with them against Obama!

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Those Pesky Bankruptcies That Won’t Go Away – Let’s Clear The Air Once And For All


To start with, let’s lay out the bottom line facts. Trump has created 515 businesses and only 11 of them failed. that’s a 98.64% success rate. Let’s see YOU match that!

It’s time to get to the bottom of this “bankruptcy” issue.  “How can a person who has filed bankruptcy four times expect to be elected President of the United States?” “How is Donald Trump able to file for bankruptcy so many times?”

The answer is… “He didn’t.” Trump himself has never filed for bankruptcy. His corporations have filed for Chapter 11 bankruptcy four times.

All of these bankruptcies were connected to over-leveraged casino and hotel properties in Atlantic City, all of which are now operated under the banner of Trump Entertainment Resorts. Again, so you will understand, he has never filed for personal bankruptcy, an important distinction when considering his ability to emerge relatively unscathed, at least financially.

But to those uninitiated in bankruptcy laws, four instances of corporate bankruptcy in a row can seem staggering. “To the ordinary person in the street, it may seem surprising, but certainly not to me,” said Reed Smith partner Michael Venditto, who has represented clients in high profile Chapter 11 cases, including bankrupt airline TWA. “Chapter 11 is how you reshape and restructure a company that has problems. It doesn’t indicate anything nefarious or even bad management.”

By filing for Chapter 11 bankruptcy, the corporation is allowed to continue running while restructuring and reducing its debt. By allowing the business to continue, employees still have their jobs and the business is still making money. Corporate debts still need to be repaid but they may be reduced. The corporation must develop a repayment plan and corporate budget. All must be approved by the creditors and by the bankruptcy court.
The purpose is to “save” the business, as opposed to other forms of bankruptcy which would liquidate the company, said Michael Venditto, a partner at the ReedSmith law firm who has extensive experience with Chapter 11.
A sharp contrast of corporate bankruptcies is found in the airline industry. If you’re foolish enough to bash Trump for keeping the businesses open through reorganization bankruptcy, perhaps you’re just confused.
Aloha Airlines filed Chapter 7 bankruptcy in 2008, ceasing operations, leaving passengers stranded and many ‘out in the cold’ with tickets they had already purchased? Chapter 7 is what happens when the business is liquidated and closed, most unsecured debts don’t get paid and the secured-lenders get pennies on the dollar, if anything.
Maybe you thought Trump did that?

By contrast, Delta, United and American Airlines have all filed chapter 11 bankruptcy in the past 15 years. All three are now impressively profitable and employee a total of 246,000 people. So if you think we should judge any executive who took those three airlines through rough market turmoil and reorganization, which ultimately saved them from liquidation (chapter 7) bankruptcy, then you are foolish.

Trump doesn’t deny that four of his hundreds of businesses have filed for bankruptcy. He argues, however, that filing for bankruptcy is a common business decision, and he was smart to make the moves when he did.

 

“Out of hundreds of deals — hundreds — on four occasions, I’ve taken advantage of the laws of this country, like other people,” he said. “The difference is, when somebody else uses those laws, nobody writes about it. When I use it, it’s like, ‘Oh, Trump, Trump, Trump.’ The fact is, I built a net worth of more than $10 billion. I have a great, great company. I employ thousands of people. And I’m very proud of the job I did.”

Because this dead horse keeps getting beaten, let’s look at Trump’s four bankruptcies. And the opinions of some finance experts, who say Trump is correct that Chapter 11 reorganization is not always the result of bad business decisions.

 

Bankruptcy 1: The Trump Taj Mahal, 1991

Trump’s first corporate bankruptcy, for the Trump Taj Mahal, was the one that stung the most. It was also the only time at which his personal finances were at stake.

Trump first got his hands on the property in 1988 as part of a deal involving media mogul Merv Griffin. Trump ceded his controlling interest of Atlantic City hotel-casino company Resorts International Inc. to Griffin in exchange for ownership of the Taj Mahal. The casino opened in 1990 to enormous fanfare, including an appearance by pop star Michael Jackson, who Trump called his friend and a “tremendous talent.”

He funded the construction of the $1 billion Trump Taj Mahal casino in Atlantic City, which opened in 1990. By 1991, the casino was nearly $3 billion in debt, while Trump had racked up nearly $900 million in personal liabilities, so the business decided to file for Chapter 11 reorganization, according to the New York Times. As a result, Trump gave up half his personal stake in the casino and sold his yacht and airline, according to the Washington Post.

The Times  reported that Trump faced about $900 million in personal liabilities, which he reduced to about $550 million by the end of the year. The ordeal led to the sale of his Trump Princess Yacht and Trump Shuttle airline.

It provided an important lesson as well. Ted Connolly, a Boston Bankruptcy attorney who studied Trump for his book The Road Out of Debt: Bankruptcy and Other Solutions to Your Financial Problems, told TheStreet in an August interview that the first bankruptcy was a learning experience for Trump.

“The first business bankruptcy, he had a lot of personal liabilities, guarantees on the business debt, which would have wiped him out,” Connolly said. “What he did was leverage the amount of business debt to negotiate away his personal liability. And from that, he learned not to put his personal wealth at risk anymore. And so in the next three, he didn’t have any personal guarantees.”

Through the ordeal was bruising for Trump, one person involved in the case said his brand and persona helped him to retain more equity than he might have otherwise. And in true Trump fashion, he denied being too concerned about the issue anyway.

“You’ll never see me sitting in the corner sucking my thumb,” Trump told BusinessWeek at the time. “The name Trump will be hotter than ever.”

 

Bankruptcy 2: Trump Plaza Hotel, 1992

Trump seems to have had an inkling from the get-go that the Plaza deal may not have been the best he ever made .

“I haven’t purchased a building, I have purchased a masterpiece — the Mona Lisa,” he wrote in a 1988 essay in New York magazine. “For the first time in my life, I have knowingly made a deal which was not economic — for I can never justify the price I paid, no matter how successful The Plaza becomes.”

Trump acquired the Plaza Hotel in New York for $390 million in 1988. By November, 1992, the hotel had accumulated $550 million in debt. As a result of the bankruptcy, in exchange for easier terms on which to pay off the debts, Trump relinquished a 49 percent stake in the Plaza to a total of six lenders, according to ABC News.

A month later, federal bankruptcy judge Prudence Abraham approved a plan for Trump to reorganize more than $550 million in debt.

As part of the restructuring and to receive easier payment terms, he gave a 49% stake in the property to Citibank (CGet Report) and five other lenders. He kept his post as chief executive — without pay — and no longer had a role in the day-to-day operations of the luxury hotel.

 

Bankruptcy 3: Trump Hotels and Casinos Resorts, 2004

Trump Hotels and Casinos Resorts filed for bankruptcy again in 2004 when his casinos — including the Trump Taj Mahal, Trump Marina and Trump Plaza casinos in Atlantic City and a riverboat casino in Indiana — had accrued an estimated $1.8 billion in debt, according to the Associated Press. Trump agreed to reduce his share in the company from 47 to 27 percent in a restructuring plan, but he was still the company’s largest single shareholder and remained in charge of its operations.

The third bankruptcy didn’t appear to bruise Trump’s ego. At the end of the year, he said in an interview that the Trump brand was bigger than Pepsi (PEPGet Report) andCoca-Cola (KOGet Report) and emphasized that Atlantic City was just a drop in the bucket for him. “The casinos represent less than 1% of my net worth, OK?” he said. “I’m doing something that, frankly, if someone else did it, it wouldn’t even be a story.”

 

Bankruptcy 4: Trump Entertainment Resorts, 2009

Trump Entertainment Resorts — formerly Trump Hotels and Casinos Resorts — was hit hard by the 2008 economic recession and missed a $53.1 million bond interest payment in December 2008, according to ABC News. After debating with the company’s board of directors, Trump resigned as the company’s chairman and had his corporate stake in the company reduced to 10 percent. The company continued to use Trump’s name in licensing.

So four Trump companies filed for Chapter 11 reorganization. Is that as big a deal as Jeb Bush, Marco Rubio, Carly Fiorina and Ted Cruz said?

Risky business

While it would be better to avoid a situation where Chapter 11 reorganization is necessary, filing for bankruptcy can be a “sound business decision” when the company is facing serious financial problems, Venditto said. It’s better than the business shutting down completely.

“However, the source of the financial problems varies from case to case,” he said. “Sometimes it is the result of circumstances beyond the control of the business. Sometime it caused by poor judgment. More frequently, it is a combination.”

Trump’s four bankruptcies all happened within the past 25 years. That’s a lot, said Stephen Lubben, a leading expert in corporate finance and professor at Seton Hall School of Law. But to be fair, the gaming industry has been struggling the past few years, he added, and three out of four of Trump’s bankruptcies were tied to casinos.

It’s not fair to put all the blame on Trump for the four bankruptcies because he’s acting as any investor would. Investors often own many non-integrated companies, which they fund by taking on debt, and some of them inevitably file for bankruptcy, said Adam Levitin, a law professor at Georgetown University.

He added that people typically wouldn’t personally blame former Republican presidential candidate Mitt Romney or investor Warren Buffett for individual failures within their investment companies, Bain Capital and Berkshire Hathaway, respectively.

“The only difference is that Trump puts his name on his companies, which means people associate them with him, but he’s not at all the leader in the bankruptcy space,” Levitan said. “These bankruptcies were not defining moments for Trump and shouldn’t color our view of him.”

“Filing bankruptcy” is taking advantage of  existing laws.

It would be ludicrous not to utilize a law that is available to you, either as a business or as an individual.

For example, many states have laws that allow for a “cooling off” period after purchasing something, like a vehicle.  You are allowed to cancel the contract within a certain number of hours after the sale (usually 48-72 hours).

If you changed your mind about a vehicle purchase, would you not use the law that allows you to return the vehicle without penalty?

Of course you would.

And if you did it, you wouldn’t describe yourself as a bad person or bad with business.

So there’s your answer…

Expect the liberals to continue this lie despite the facts.

 

Sources: The Moran Law Group, MJM Bankruptcy Law Group, et al.

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2019 UPDATE: Donald Trump vs The Bilderberg Group – Global Showdown – NWO Exposed!


Meet the Bilderberg Group – an annual gathering of 130 of the Western world’s top financial, corporate, political, academic, media, military and policy elites, held every year since 1954.

They meet behind closed doors, at five-star hotels, where participants are encouraged to speak frankly – meaning “off the record” and away from the prying eyes and piercing ears of the public. Some journalists and media executives are invited, but they don’t actually cover the meetings: they simply attend them as guests.

The famous exclusivity and secrecy of the Bilderberg Group, we are told, is designed to encourage frank and open discussions among some of the most influential people in North America and Western Europe. But unlike its portrayal as a place where powerful people simply “talk shop,” critics for years have considered the meetings a form of secret world government, and a shadowy cabal.

Bilderberg is a meeting of the movers and shakers, the managers and policy-makers, the plutocrats, technocrats, financiers and imperialists of the North Atlantic powers. Its original purpose was to provide a forum where Western European elites could meet in private with American officials to encourage the strengthening of the “Atlantic Alliance.” The forum has provided the geopolitical and economic framework for behind-the-scenes collaboration and cooperation between the major NATO powers.

In the 1955 meeting of the Bilderberg Group, the topic of “European Unity” was a major discussion point, with attendees articulating the need to eventually create a “common currency” and “a central political authority” in Europe. One American participant reportedly encouraged the European attendees “to be practical and work fast.” Within two years, the Treaty of Rome was signed, establishing the European Economic Community (EEC).

How It Works and Who Is Involved

Bilderberg is run by its Steering Committee of roughly 40 members whose responsibility is to organize the annual meetings and invite guests from their respective countries, bringing the average yearly attendance to roughly 130 people.

Participants and Steering Committee members come from the largest banks, corporations and think tanks; they run media empires, military and intelligence agencies. They include European royalty and representatives from some of the world’s most prominent financial and corporate dynasties, including the Rockefellers of the U.S., the Rothschilds of Europe, the Agnellis of Italy, the Wallenbergs of Sweden, the Desmarais of Canada, and the Koc family of Turkey, among others.

These elites meet together with top foreign and economic policy makers from North American and European nations, as well as up-and-coming politicians being groomed for high office and the heads of major international and regional organizations including NATO, the European Union, IMF, World Bank, WTO and some of the world’s most powerful central banks.

A decade ago, The New York Times wrote that the guest list of Bilderberg meetings “would more or less overlap with the ‘Wanted’ posters of anti-globalization protesters,” noting that a former participant, Will Hutton, once referred to the Bilderberg members and participants as the “high priests of globalization.”

Bilderberg researchers often point out that according to the Logan Act, it is illegal for any American government official to be present at the Bilderberg meetings.

Gerald Ford, who attended two Bilderberg meetings long before becoming vice president and president of the United States, was quoted in 1965 saying: “You don’t really belong to the organization: one gets an invitation from the prince,” referring to Bernhard.

It should be noted that there was one year in which the annual meeting was cancelled – 1976 – due to revelations of corruption involving bribes between the Lockheed military contractor and Prince Bernhard, leading to his resignation as chairman of the group.

In 2001, founding member Denis Healey told the Guardian in an interview, “We aren’t secret, we’re private.” Speaking of the meeting’s critics who contend that the member of the conference aim to achieve a type of “global government,” Healey told journalist Jon Ronson: “To say we were striving for a one-world government is not unfair. Those of us in Bilderberg felt we couldn’t go on forever fighting one another for nothing and killing people and rendering millions homeless. So we felt that a single community throughout the world would be a good thing.”

The key issue, however, is that the world which Bilderberg is helping to shape and support is one in which financiers and industrialists are the key beneficiaries – one in which democratically-elected politicians engage with their real constituents behind closed doors, in “private” conversations that have profound and real effects upon policy and thus upon entire populations who are given no such access to public officials.

Elected leaders and policy-makers don’t meet in secret with the world’s major financiers and industrialists so they can discuss the best ways to serve the interests of the people of their respective nations. They meet to serve their own collective and individual interests. It is not a conspiracy: it is a forum in which leaders from the upper echelons of Western power structures aim to establish consensus on priorities and policies for major political and economic issues.

Bilderberg contributes to directly undermining democracy, while further institutionalizing technocracy – the “rule by experts” – at the national and international level.

When it comes to the secretive meetings of the world’s financial, corporate, political and technocratic elites at the annual Bilderberg conferences, a common criticism is that the group pre-selects major politicians – choosing presidents and prime ministers in private before populations have a chance to vote themselves.

Bilderberg “invites” politicians who appear to have an influential future in their respective nations, but their attendance at the meetings (depending on their ability to impress Bilderberg members and participants) can itself have a very significant influence on their political futures. This is because the industrialists, bankers and media moguls in attendance hold significant individual and collective power over the financial and political processes across much of the Western world.

The main ideologies that pervade the group are an undeterred commitment to corporate and financial globalization, support of a Western-led world order, and the advancement and further institutionalization of global governance. Politicians who share similar views are more likely to be invited and approved.

The result: invited politicians who impress the attended members and guests through speeches or contributions to debates are likely to gain the support of some of the world’s most powerful individuals and institutions.

As Bilderberg’s former Steering Committee member Denis Healey explained in an interview with the Guardian, “Bilderberg is a way of bringing together politicians, industrialists, financiers and journalists.  We make a point of getting along younger politicians who are obviously rising, to bring them together with financiers and industrialists who offer them wise words. It increases the chance of having a sensible global policy.”

Of course, the notion of what is “sensible” is clearly biased toward policies that benefit the interests and objectives of financiers and industrialists of the global community.

The Thatcher and Clinton Factors

One good example of this is the rise of Margaret Thatcher. In 1975, when Thatcher became the leader of the opposition in British Parliament, she was invited to that year’s Bilderberg conference. A Financial Times article that year by C. Gordon Tether noted that Thatcher and other British participants “were engaging – in company with a handful of British banking and industrial chiefs – in ‘completely private talks on world problems’ with the top-most brass of the international business community – the super-capitalists.”

The article noted that “if Bilderberg is not a conspiracy, it is conducted in such a way as to give a remarkably good imitation of one.”

Jon Ronson interviewed the member of Bilderberg (who remained anonymous) that had invited Thatcher to the meeting. The former Bilderberg member recalled that Thatcher had sat in silence for the first two days of the meeting, leading to some participants “grumbling” about this lady who “hasn’t said a word.” So the Bilderberg member spoke with Thatcher, and then, “the next day she suddenly stood up and launched into a three-minute Thatcher special… The room was stunned.”

As a result of that speech, David Rockefeller and Henry Kissinger and the other Americans fell in love with her. They brought her over to America, took her around in limousines, and introduced her to everyone.” Four years later, Thatcher was Prime Minister, and her reign left a legacy of privatizations, neoliberalism and profit for the powerful.

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But Thatcher is not the only politician who reached great heights after attending a Bilderberg meeting. Bill Clinton was invited to a 1991 meeting in Germany when he was the Governor of Arkansas. Two years later he would be the U.S. president.

Clinton was invited by his friend and Bilderberg Steering Committee member Vernon E. Jordan Jr., a major corporate figure in America who later became known as President Clinton’s “closest confidant.”

Vernon Jordan later recalled that after Bill Clinton won the presidential election and became president, “the steering committee of Bilderberg came to Washington in January, and I called the president up and said ‘Mr. President, they’re here’ – and he came to the Four Seasons hotel, and the Europeans felt like they owned him because they met him when he was totally unknown.”

Shaping Canada, America, the U.K. and beyond

Among the Canadian politicians who attended Bilderberg meetings before they became prime ministers were Pierre Trudeau, Paul Martin, Jean Chrétien and Stephen Harper. Former British Prime Minister Tony Blair had also attended before becoming prime minister of the UK. Virtually all presidents of the European Commission attended Bilderberg meetings before being appointed to office.

Before Justin Trudeau took over Canada, he eventually was invited and approved by the Bilderbergs.  The next video clip is by a young, independant journalist (you will see his grown-up version later here in his short video explaining what he knows about the agendas of the upcoming 2017 meeting) who attended a meet and greet with Justin Trudeau at the Sheraton Hotel, with the purpose of asking him about the Bilderberg group and whether or not he would attend…apparently that’s not an appropriate question to ask a potential liberal leader…

Bilderberg’s Influence on Obama

From June 5 to 8 of 2008, Bilderberg was meeting in Chantilly, Virginia, just as the campaign to win the presidential nomination was heating up between Barack Obama and Hillary Clinton. As is typical during campaign season, the candidates traveled with a regular entourage of journalists. But on the night of June 5, following a campaign rally in Bristow, Virginia, Obama’s press entourage was “whisked away to Dulles Airport outside of Washington, D.C., to board a flight to Chicago,” as CBS reported.

The press waited on the plane for Obama, who was said to be doing interviews with local reporters. After an hour of waiting, the pilot informed the press that the plane was about to take off, without Obama on board, leading many journalists to feel that they “had all been duped.” Robert Gibbs, Obama’s communications director (and later press secretary) informed the reporters on the plane that Obama decided to stay behind in Washington for “meetings,” though he refused to say whom the meetings were with. Gibbs explained: “It wasn’t an attempt to deceive in any way, it’s just private meetings.” Shortly after the plane landed in Chicago, Gibbs informed the press that Obama had gone to meet with Hillary Clinton, though provided no details of the meeting or where it took place.

At the time, there was speculation that both Obama and Clinton had gone to attend the Bilderberg meeting taking place nearby. Though never confirmed, the question remains, and two days after the “private meetings,” Hillary withdrew from the race and Obama became the presidential nominee. Later, as president, Obama gave Clinton the role of Secretary of State.

In the summer of 2012, John Kerry attended the Bilderberg meeting, and he went on to replace Hillary Clinton as Obama’s Secretary of State for the second term. Forbes noted that Kerry’s attendance at the Bilderberg meeting may have helped his selection as secretary – also noting that Canadian Mark Carney had attended his first Bilderberg meeting in 2011 when he was Governor of the Bank of Canada, and was invited back in 2012 when he attended alongside British Chancellor of the Exchequer, George Osborne. Within a couple months of the meeting, Osborne announced Carney’s appointment as the Governor of the Bank of England – the first time a non-British citizen was appointed to head the institution.

The 63rd  Bilderberg conference is took place June 11 – 14  2015 in Telfs-Buchen, Austria. A total of around 140 participants from 22 countries were in attendance.

Among the “reported” attendees are former Secretary of State Henry Kissinger; Thomas Donilon, former White House national security adviser under President Obama; former Obama campaign manager Jim Messina; former CIA Director David Petraeus; Mary Erdoes, CEO of J.P. Morgan Asset Management; Princess Beatrix of the Netherlands; Goldman Sachs executive Robert Zoellick; Jose Barroso, former president of the European Union Commission and executives of companies ranging from Google to Shell.

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Each year, the “official” Bilderberg Group website released a list of bullet points that they claim is the agenda for the secretive globalist confab. This years agendas have not yet been released, even though the meeting will be June 1-4 in Chantilly VA. This year the site says “A press release including the list of topics and participants will be published a few days in advance.”

The key topics (from the Bilderberg website) for the past few years discussions included:

  • 9-12 June 2016 Dresden, Germany

    • Artificial Intelligence
    • Cybersecurity
    • Chemical Weapons Threats
    • Current Economic Issues
    • European Strategy
    • Globalisation
    • Greece
    • Iran
    • Middle East
    • NATO
    • Russia
    • Terrorism
    • United Kingdom
    • USA
    • US Elections (Here’s where the real election ‘meddling’ came from!)

    11-14 June 2015 Telfs-Buchen, Austria

    • Artificial Intelligence
    • Cybersecurity
    • Chemical Weapons Threats
    • Current Economic Issues
    • European Strategy
    • Globalisation
    • Greece
    • Iran
    • Middle East
    • NATO
    • Russia
    • Terrorism
    • United Kingdom
    • USA
    • US Elections

    29 May-1 June 2014 Copenhagen, Denmark

    • Is the Economic Recovery Sustainable?
    • Who will Pay for the Demographics?
    • Does Privacy Exist?
    • How Special is the Relationship in Intelligence Sharing?
    • Big Shifts in Technology and Jobs
    • The Future of Democracy and the Middle Class Trap
    • China’s Political and Economic Outlook
    • The New Architecture of the Middle East
    • Ukraine
    • What Next for Europe?
    • Current Events

    6-9 June 2013 Hertfordshire, England

    • Jobs, Entitlements and Debt
    • European Politics: Core Questions
    • Can the US and Europe Grow Faster and Create Jobs?
    • Africa’s Challenges
    • Saudi Arabia
    • Dialogue with Prime Minister David Cameron
    • How Big Data is Changing Almost Everything
    • Major Trends in Medical Research
    • Nationalism and Populism
    • Online Education: Promise and Impacts
    • Cyberwarfare and the Proliferation of Asymmetric Threats
    • Is America Withdrawing from the World?
    • Current Affairs: Syria

You can get a concise explanation of the Bilderberg agendas in this video:

The list of attendees (also on the official website) included Jim Messina of The Messina Group – who just happens to be a chief advisor to Hillary Clinton. Messina also heads up the super PAC Priorities USA, which supported Obama and was firmly in the Clinton camp.

Messina also spearheaded Barack Obama’s reelection campaign in 2012, and has just come back to the US after leading the deeply unpopular UK prime minister David Cameron to a surprise majority victory in British elections.

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The 2017 Bilderberg conference is set to take place from June 1st to June 4th in Chantilly Virginia and in this video Dan Dicks of Press For Truth goes over some of the things you can expect to see at this years meeting.

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