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Hope Hicks causes a mild stir by wearing a tux to a Japanese event

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Hope Hicks causes a mild stir by wearing a tux to a Japanese event

Melania Trump usually grabs the headlines when it comes to style choices for events she attends, but the First Lady was upstaged by White House Communications Director Hope Hicks who decided to wear a tuxedo instead of a dress.

This isn’t really news, but since most media publications are fixated on it, we thought it should be mentioned.

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White House’s Hope Hicks wore a tuxedo to Japan state dinner | Fox News

http://www.foxnews.com/lifestyle/2017/11/06/white-houses-hope-hicks-wore-tuxedo-to-japan-state-dinner.htmlThe 29-year-old surprised some at the dinner – put on by Japan’s government for President Trump during his current visit – by ditching her usual colorful dresses for a sharp black-and-white tuxedo and slouchy bow tie.

Twitter users have been enjoying the androgynous look, which Hicks dressed up with a feminine pink lip and smoky eye.

Veteran Trump Staffer Hope Hicks Wears a High-Fashion Tuxedo at State Banquet in Japan | Vanity Fair

https://www.vanityfair.com/style/2017/11/hope-hicks-tuxedo-japan-state-banquetHicks stepped up the traditional tux with an oversized bow-tie, adding a smokey eye and a pink lip for an extra layer of glamour, making the night look more like a scene out of Ocean’s Eight than a state dinner with Donald Trump. Hicks has made a point of staying out of the spotlight, despite her high-profile job. While she serves as the communications director, it’s rare to hear her, well, communicate. Unlike counselor and Hicks antithesis, Kellyanne Conway, Hicks typically keeps to written statements and memos, an unusual and frankly puzzling move for someone in the press-happy administration.

Some think Hope Hicks “upstaged” Melania Trump at a state dinner

http://rare.us/rare-news/across-the-u-s-a/some-are-wondering-if-hope-hicks-upstaged-melania-trump-with-her-bold-fashion-choice/Members of the Trump administration joined the president on a two-week foreign policy trip throughout Asia, starting in Japan. The president golfed with Japanese Prime Minister Shinzo Abe while the first lady spent time with Japanese First Lady Akie Abe visiting children at a school.

At one part of the trip, the Trumps attended a state dinner host by Abe at Akasaka Palace. There, many complimented the first lady’s stunning red gown. But the compliments soon turned into comparisons as Hicks went with her own stunning choice… a tuxedo.

Final Thoughts

I am not a fan of “cross-dressing” but this is nothing of the sort. She’s making a fashion statement, one that may be a bit risque in conservative circles but that really isn’t the international affair some in the media are painting it as. She wore a tux. Big deal.

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Boko Haram continues its reign of terror

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Boko Haram continues its reign of terror

American media often neglects to report on Boko Haram, the Islamic State of west Africa. After a “resolution” was achieved following the Chibok schoolgirls kidnapping incident of 2014, the group has gone widely unreported by western media.

These men are butchers, arguably more dangerous than any other Islamic State operations and completely out of control as they roam Africa in search of innocent targets. The latest were a dozen farmers who were hacked to pieces by Boko Haram with their machetes.

Dozens Of Farmers Feared Killed In Borno By Boko Haram Insurgents

https://www.thenigerianvoice.com/news/271792/dozens-of-farmers-feared-killed-in-borno-by-boko-haram-insur.htmlA Civilian JTF Leader, Baba Kura Konomi on Saturday in Maiduguri disclosed to newsmen that the farmers were killed, without firing any shot from the guns mounted on the two trucks.

He said: “The insurgents used machetes instead of guns to kill the farmers who were working on their farmlands, located about 185-kilometres along Maiduguri-Damboa road.”

It isn’t just western media that’s ignoring them. Even local media often refrains from publishing stories about them while the government turns a blind eye, usually waiting until the stories are reported by outside agencies before acknowledging the events even happened.

At any random moment, residents anywhere in west Africa realize they may become targets.

Western news agencies do not cover Boko Haram because western media consumers do not seem to care about them. This attitude is not only dangerous for the victims. It empowers these terrorists to achieve their ultimate goal of spreading terror everywhere.

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Jordan to play hardball over lease of 1000 acres to Israel

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Jordan to play hardball over lease of 1000 acres to Israel

Jordan’s King Abdullah has indicated he will not renew a lease that has held for a quarter century with Israel that allowed Israeli farmers to cultivate around 1000 acres of land. The lease of these two areas was part of the 1994 peace treaty between the two Middle Eastern nations.

Jordan seeks to end Israel land lease – BBC News

https://www.bbc.com/news/world-middle-east-45933805Earlier King Abdullah of Jordan issued a statement saying it wanted to end the lease, which has seen the two areas, covering a total of about 405 hectares (1,000 acres), cultivated by Israeli farmers.

The areas had always been a “top priority” for Jordan and the decision was based on “our keenness to take whatever is necessary for Jordan and Jordanians”, the statement said.

Not renewing the lease in this long-standing deal would not jeopardize peace directly, but it could be the first warning shot of a shift in policy from the Jordanians. They cite lack of progress in the Israeli-Palestinian peace agreement as a deciding factor, but it really comes down to pressure from inside the government as well as citizens on social media that likely prompted the unexpected move by King Abdullah.

My Take

We have seen and will continue to see a shift away from support of anything that has to do with Israel. Between the United Nations and the Muslim world, the walls will be pressed to close around Israel in an effort to pressure them towards a two-state solution.

We will know for sure where King Adbullah stands in the next year as the lease is negotiated before officially ending. If no agreement is reached, then we can assume Jordan is heading towards a more adversarial stance with their neighbors to the west.

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Arizona Republic endorses Democrat (again) because the Republican was mean (again)

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Arizona Republic endorses Democrat again because the Republican was mean again

Mainstream media, or should we say “meanstream media,” has been in the process of lurching to the left for a while. Even Fox News, while backing the President, often rails against conservatives while embracing moderate Republicans who practice Democratic orthodoxy. That’s not everyone at Fox News, but some prominent show hosts really love to align in the center.

The Arizona Republic, which was counted on for a while to lean right during elections, made a shift in 2016 by endorsing Hillary Clinton. Now, they’re going to the left of Clinton by endorsing far-left Democratic Socialist Kyrsten Sinema. Her 9% Liberty Score makes her by far the biggest leftist in the state. Now the Arizona Republic wants her to be their next Senator.

It isn’t just her voting record. Her ideas are extremely dangerous for America and particularly a southern border state like Arizona:

Kyrsten Sinema’s dangerous ideas do not belong in the Senate

http://noqreport.com/2018/10/12/kyrsten-sinemas-dangerous-ideas-not-belong-senate/There’s a very distinct difference between defense of personal freedoms, a conservative staple, and desiring no repercussions for people who intend to kill Americans. As with many far-left activists, they don’t care about the lives of others if they don’t agree wholeheartedly with their worldviews.

This wasn’t the only statement getting Sinema into hot water with voters.

The paper’s endorsement of Clinton in 2016 can be chalked up to the Trump effect that hit many conservatives in their funny bone. It should be noted that I didn’t endorse nor vote for Trump, but I definitely didn’t endorse or vote for Clinton. My write in vote wasn’t even running. Oh, if only Thomas Sowell had stepped away from academia to lead the country for eight years, but I digress.

When the paper goes for two leftists in a row, we can call it a trend. With Sinema in particular, there needed to be a tremendous excuse that allowed the editorial board to abandon any sense of conservatism and embrace the far-left socialist values she has espoused her entire adult life.

Nope. Their excuse is as weak as anyone could possibly imagine:

Arizona newspaper backs Democrat in dead heat Senate race

https://thehill.com/homenews/senate/412432-the-arizona-republic-backs-sinema-in-dead-heat-senate-raceRather than pointing to particular policy positions in the endorsement, the editorial board pointed to how the candidates have handled themselves during the race.

“We need to get back to a saner time, when senators didn’t call each other names — or if they did, they could put it all aside after the vote and go get a beer together,” the paper’s editorial board wrote. “There is too much ‘us and them’ in D.C., and it hurts how we are governed.”

“The real Martha McSally and Kyrsten Sinema know that,” the board argued. “But Sinema is the only one willing to say it (repeatedly) from behind her mask.”

The editorial board argued that McSally has gone further than Sinema in attacks on her opponent.

The paper tries to justify their decision by claiming McSally is center-right (which she is) and Sinema is center-left (which she is not). One needs only to look at her 9% Liberty Score to realize she’s the most radical representative in Arizona. It’s not even close.

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