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President Trump’s very good deed

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No good deed should go unrecognized. The President of the United States receives a salary of $400,000 per year, of which President Trump pledged to take zero for himself. As a billionaire, this is a small sacrifice, but it’s notable where Trump has chosen to direct the money he’s not taking.

As chief executive, Trump can direct his funds (less taxes and withholding) to any legal purpose or line-item in the federal leviathan. In early April, Trump donated $78,333–his first quarter’s salary, to the National Park Service. Wednesday, Interior Secretary Ryan Zinke announced that money, plus other donations, will be used to preserve the historic Civil War Antietam battlefield.

“The Civil War Trust and the National Park Foundation, and Save Historic Antietam Foundation have also pledged funds bringing the total gift to $263,545.”

The Park Service has plans for the money.

The money will go toward restoring the historic Newcomer House on the Antietam battlefield, while providing underwriting to replace 5,000 feet of rail fencing that has deteriorated along the Hagerstown Turnpike “where some of the most intense fighting of the battle occurred,” the agency said.

I applaud the president’s choice. Our Civil War battlefields are uniquely American and uniquely hallowed ground. Antietam in particular was a kind of turning point in the war, many historians agree. While it was far from a total military victory for the Union forces, it was a benchmark for the Army of the Potomac’s commitment to winning the war.

The north took 12,410 casualties/killed/missing, with 2,108 dead, and inflicted 10,316 casualties on Gen. Robert E. Lee’s Army of Northern Virginia. Until that battle, nobody really trusted Gen. McClellan’s troops to win a battle when faced with massive casualties. It wasn’t until the Battle of Fredericksburg’s bloody assault on Marye’s Heights did the north suffer such a large number of casualties.

By the time the Army of the Potomac was called to defeat Lee and Thomas “Stonewall” Jackson at Chancellorsville, it was clear that the Union was willing to spend its own blood, in stunning quantities, to obtain victory.

The casualties at Antietam (at 22,726 combined, the highest of the entire war, including 3,675 killed) should be honored by our country’s efforts to preserve the hallowed ground on which they fought.

President Trump deserves kudos for his very good deed, though a small amount to him, which attracted other donors and raised awareness of the deteriorating condition of many of our most sacred battlefields.

Managing Editor of NOQ Report. Serial entrepreneur. Faith, family, federal republic. One nation, under God, indivisible, with liberty and justice for all.

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Dr. Michael Brown on Donald Trump fulfilling Bible prophecy with Jerusalem announcement

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Dr Michael Brown on Donald Trump fulfilling Bible prophecy with Jerusalem announcement

Many in the Jewish world believe that Jerusalem must be united and a Third Temple built before the Messiah can come. Christians have a similar interpretation of prophecy, except that it pertains to the 2nd coming of the Messiah. Dr. Michael Brown has perspectives on both ideas as a Messianic Jewish believer in Jesus Christ.

In this video, he discusses whether or not President Trump announcing recognition of Jerusalem as the capital of Israel fulfills Bible prophecy. Spoiler: He doesn’t know, but he points to those who believe so. He also points out the hypocrisy of Muslim leaders attacking Jews in Israel for what a gentile in the United States announced.

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Inside the Mitch McConnell circus

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Inside tMitch McConnell circus

The sad thing is, it is truly a circus.  The grassroots want Mitch McConnell out of the Senate, and he is telling loud and clear that the answer is No.  It’s no different than the “mouse” trying to get the “wolf’ in their place and make a break for it.  Hey, it’s simply just cold outside you know.

There is a group of conservatives that will always protest the likes of McConnell and they were around when Hoover, Ford, and Bush 41 screwed things up.  There just simply is not enough of them.  For real change to happen all Republicans must unite with the good guys and gals that work hard to do what is right, and winning elections regardless is not one of them.

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King Mitch is the star of the stupidest show on Earth

https://www.conservativereview.com/articles/king-mitch-is-the-star-of-the-stupidest-show-on-earthWhat a circus! Everything to tantalize the senses from hearing the pompous moralites, to witnessing a Goldman Sachs carnival barker, to smelling the odor coming from the trunk-to-tail-linked highest echelons of the Republican Party. Listen to that calliope play!

And sex? We got it. Anything you want, allegations abound, and we can spend months talking about it, putting everyone’s focus on it, tweeting hot takes about it — all to make the race a sideshow about who is more moral and ethical. Because that’s how you put on the stupidest show on earth.

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New Jersey Governor Phil Murphy eyeing 2020 with Puerto Rico visit

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New Jersey Governor Phil Murphy eyeing 2020 with Puerto Rico visit

The newly-elected, progressive Governor of New Jersey (ex-Goldman Sachs executive Phil Murphy) is already eyeing 2020.

Murphy led a delegation yesterday to visit Puerto Rico, three months after Hurricane Maria. Digging further, a press release listed an extensive delegation including some curious choices, like appointed health officials from small towns with heavy Spanish-speaking (though not necessarily Puerto Rican-heavy) populations. It also includes the head of a leading Northeastern utility, PSE&G.

Last I checked, PSE&G has absolutely no business in Puerto Rico.

Ostensibly, this is for “relief efforts.” But no source document I could find, including that mentions actual relief efforts. No mention of what’s being brought down there. I suspect that’s because they probably aren’t bringing any relief supplies, no medicine, no equipment. Nothing. It’s just meetings, optics, maybe “fact finding.”

It should be obvious what’s really going on here.

Mainland public officials are going to Puerto Rico to recruit people — Puerto Ricans are birthright American citizens, have been since 1917 — to move to the mainland.

Upon arrival, those Puerto Ricans can legally claim “domicile” and register to vote (that is, if they were citizens to begin with) within any of our 50 states.

But Murphy’s team is looking to pack his state — a deep blue New Jersey which went for Hillary by a 55%-42% margin last year — and other likely settlement destinations (count on them also being blue states) with even more likely Democratic voters.

Murphy just got elected by a double-digit margin in New Jersey, ending eight years of term-limited and integrity-limited Republican Chris Christie’s bad beach manners. He does not take office until January 16, 2018.

Murphy does not need more help in re-election.

This is about the next presidential election.

The progressives are already packing the voter rolls.

But this trip is, very likely, using public funds, whether from Murphy’s transition budget or elsewhere. Given New Jersey’s legendary and current budget problems,

Call this what it is: A taxpayer-funded, Democratic voter-registration drive.

This guy is running for President. He’s already working on votes.

And bet that his delegation is recruiting Puerto Ricans to move to the mainland. Of course, those Puerto Ricans — already citizens — would become eligible to vote in the next Presidential election.

How that use of taxpayer money is legally suspect. These expenditures are subjects that are within the jurisdiction of the Justice Department (which has used its discretion to investigate matters of far less potential impact) to inquire.

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