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The strong man cracked

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It is difficult for this writer to admit, but he voted for Donald Trump for President. Not because he thought Mr. Trump the best man (that role was reserved for Ted Cruz), but because he could not stand the idea of listening to Hillary Clinton screeching into every available microphone every damn day. It was a selfish and foolish vote and it has turned your faithful correspondent completely against politics.

Donald Trump was elected partially on the idea that he was a strong man. A man who takes a position and doesn’t back down. The Left would have had the voter believe that he was a modern Mussolini with odd colored hair and his supporters portrayed him as a modern Theodore Roosevelt or Andrew Jackson who had never been to war, been to a hunt, or had hardly gotten out of the New York/Florida circuit.

There was a brief moment when it looked as if Mr. Trump may have been a man of principle, and that moment was when he talked to the president of the Republic of China, aka Taiwan, Tsai Ing-wen before he talked to the leader of the Peoples Republic of China, President Xi. Of course Chinese Communists threw a fit over the matter stating that President Trump was violating the One China Policy that was established by Richard Nixon and insisting that the One China Policy was United States law when, in fact, it is a casual policy established by Nixon and maintained by later presidents. It is a presidential policy and not a law.

And for that brief moment it looked like President Trump was a strong man. He looked as if he was willing to stand up to the greatest threat in the Pacific and establish a close and favorable relationship with Taiwan and put an end to the nonsensical One China Policy. It looked that President Trump would stand up to the encroachments and bullying of Communist China, and it was a beautiful thing to watch the pronouncements from Peking (Beijing, Peiping) as the sputtered in helpless rage and frustration at the fact that they had been ignored in favor of a nation (as corrupt as it may be) with a democratically elected government that is actually pretty entertaining with fist-fights on the floor of the parliament a not unusual occurrence.

But that moment was deigned not to last very long and The President and his spokespeople soon got with the normal program and announced that the One China Policy was still in effect. Probably due to the occupiers of the China desk in the State Department (a questionable bunch, to say the least; almost all influenced by Edgar Snow), President Trump cracked. The strong man, the man with strong opinions and answers, started to crumble and show himself that he is the very type of politician that many of the people who voted for him is the very person they would have voted against if he had shown the weakness that he has shown regarding Taiwan.

Taiwan was the first crack in the armor for the President’s strong man image. Others have followed on a regular basis. Soon the man will show himself as a man of no principle because he talent is “making a deal.”

It should be interesting to see what happens when Mr. Trump meets President Xi. Don’t be surprised if it results in a singing of The East Is Red.

I have been a a machinist in the aerospace/defense industry for over forty years. I have been married to the same wonderful woman for over forty years. I was a sailor in the U.S. Naval Reserve in the 1970s. I have little education beyond high school except trade school and an apprenticeship. I am a conservative Christian in both faith and practice. I'm am mostly interested in cultural issues as opposed to politics. And I like dogs and pigeons no matter the breed.

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Guns and Crime

ICE gets media beating for taking illegal immigrant into custody over Mexican homicide warrant

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ICE gets media beating for taking illegal immigrant into custody over Mexican homicide warrant

It’s the type of story the media craves. An illegal immigrant, Joel Arrona-Lara, who “hasn’t done anything wrong” was detained by ICE agents while transporting his pregnant wife to the hospital. She ended up having to drive herself the rest of the way before delivering their son.

The spin is predictable. They skim over the fact that he has an arrest warrant in Mexico for homicide while putting all the focus on his wife’s dilemma. They even attempt to cast doubt on the warrant because the lawyer for the family says he couldn’t find a record of the warrant. This last part is most peculiar because it would be simple for a major media outlet to confirm the existence of the warrant. They did, of course, but they won’t report that when they have a better quote from the lawyer denying its existence.

Eventually details will emerge about the warrant, but not until the media inflicts as much damage as possible on ICE and anyone in favor of legal immigration being the proper way to enter the country.

Here’s the story. If you click through, you’ll even get a link at the bottom to the family’s new GoFundMe page:

ICE Detains Man Driving Pregnant Wife To Deliver Baby, Says He Is Wanted For Homicide In Mexico

https://losangeles.cbslocal.com/2018/08/18/joel-arrona-detained-by-ice-san-bernardino-driving-wife-to-deliver-baby/Her husband Joel Arrona-Lara was driving his wife to the hospital for a scheduled Cesarean section Wednesday afternoon when they had to stop to get gas. That’s when their car was approached by two SUVs. Maria said they were officers with Immigration and Customs Enforcement.

The mother of five was then asked to show her identification and complied. When the agents asked Arrona-Lara, the couple said he didn’t have the ID on him, but that they lived nearby and could go get it for them. The agents then asked Arrona-Lara to exit the vehicle, searched the car for weapons, and put Arrona into custody, leaving Maria alone at the gas station.

My take

There’s no doubt the circumstances surrounding all of this are unfortunate. Pregnant wives should not have to drive themselves to the hospital for a scheduled C-section. On the other hand, suspected murderers shouldn’t be entering the country in the first place. That point won’t be mentioned by mainstream media.

ICE has a responsibility to take people like Arrona-Lara into custody so it can be determined whether or not they should be deported. There may have even been a certain degree of leeway given had there been no records other than his status as an illegal immigrant, but being a suspected murderer with an arrest warrant took away any chance at leeway. The ICE agents did the right thing.

As a legal immigrant, I have no sympathy for those who cheat the system and break our laws. Blaming the ICE agents for doing their job correctly in order to keep us safe is the type of insanity mainstream media loves to sell us.

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Democrats

The real reason Ocasio-Cortez is afraid of the press

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The real reason Ocasio-Cortez is afraid of the press

For at least the second time, reporters were barred from covering an event featuring Socialist Democratic darling Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez. The campaign’s reason: we want attendees to feel comfortable since there’s so much national press covering her.

This is an absolutely ridiculous excuse, of course. Nobody goes to a campaign event without knowing the press will (should) be there. It doesn’t make them less comfortable and may actually give some a sense of security knowing the answers to their questions will be judged by more than the audience at hand. That’s one of the reasons for the press in the first place, to give information about an event to people who cannot attend.

Instead, the press is getting another roadblock:

Ocasio-Cortez bans press from covering campaign event

http://www.foxnews.com/politics/2018/08/17/ocasio-cortez-bans-press-from-covering-campaign-event.htmlAlexandria Ocasio-Cortez, the Democratic socialist star running for New York’s 14th congressional district, is facing criticism after her campaign banned journalists from covering a town hall meeting with voters this week.

The Queens Chronicle, a local news outlet, reported that the campaign for the 28-year-old progressive prevented reporters from attending a campaign event in Corona on Sunday, even though it was open to the rest of the public. The campaign reportedly barred reporters from a prior event as well.

It’s conspicuous that a local publication was barred because it runs contrary to the narrative the campaign is trying to sell. So why is she being hidden from reporters at these types of events?

My Take

It’s clear that her exposure is her best friend and worst enemy. Being talked about is a politician’s best friend on the campaign trail, but it also offers a risk of failure. This is most common in events like the town hall meetings she is holding because she’ll be forced to think on her feet.

What if she can’t think on her feet? What if her answers when placed in an unscripted situation the type of answers many would expect from an inexperienced socialist?

Until she’s ready to handle the pressure of having press cover these events, she won’t be ready to hold public office at this level. The House of Representatives isn’t for people who need to be protected from their own answers.

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Culture and Religion

Ken Ham on how science confirms the Bible

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Ken Ham on how science confirms the Bible

One of my biggest pet peeves is the attempt by atheists to use “science” to disprove the Bible. It’s unfortunate on many levels, not the least of which being Pascal’s Wager, but the strangest part is how much of science must be ignored in order to make the claim a Biblical worldview runs counter to modern science.

Some may object to this topic being part of mostly political news site, but it’s been more widely covered in recent years by liberal sites attempting to paint the Biblical worldview in a negative light, so it’s good to give equal time to the counterarguments.

There are better videos than Ken Ham’s discussion on the topic, but few are more easily understood. It’s well worth the hour.

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