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Shastina Sandman: California 48th

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In another example of average Americans coming out and running for office in the wake of Donald Trump’s 2016 Presidential election, I spoke with Shastina Sandman, a California entrepreneur, wife, and mother. Ms. Sandman has made it her mission to unseat incumbent Dana Rohrabacher, who has held the California 48th for 30 years. Her support for President Trump and his policies was palpable, and she certainly seems to have the energy to make a good run at the seat.

BW: What made you decide to run for Congress?

SS: My husband is my number 1 fan. He has been urging me to run. Would really need to be a grassroots effort. Have to get on the ground and run. Just because Trump is in office doesn’t mean we can be complacent. We’d be a red state without SF and LA. I am pro-Trump, pro-Constitution, and pro-life. We have to get people in Congress who will support the President’s “America First” agenda and I am one of those.

BW: What qualifications do you feel you have to represent the California 48th?

SS: As a mother, an entrepreneur, and middle class American, I know what Americans struggle with. I can find middle-ground on a variety of issues so we can come together. I’m going to lead with love and not sling dirt. I don’t sling mud even when I see it. I think I can connect with average Americans.

BW: What issues do you feel are most important right now?

SS: Orange County has a big drug problem and a big homelessness problem. We have 3 miles of homeless living on the beach. I’ve found hypodermic needles on my front porch. When everyone thinks of Orange County they think of Newport Beach and largely wealthy and middle-class Americans. The fact is we need to address some of these problems.

I want to improve school safety and legal immigration while enforcing our current immigration laws. We also need reform in our education system. Instead of teaching kids there are 63 genders, we need to teach actual science. Public schools have become liberal indoctrination centers.

BW: What do you think about President Trump’s recent comments about Republicans “being afraid of the NRA” and wanting to impose new restrictions on the 2nd Amendment?

SS: I have no problem with standing up to the NRA. So, if we need to change some things like banning bump stocks we can look at that.

I don’t know why Trump said that but he did. I don’t think the Florida shooter (name redacted) should have been able to get a gun, but that is a failure of government. The local authorities and the FBI failed to use existing legal methods to make certain that the shooter was not able to buy a gun legally.

BW: What do you feel are your opponent’s failings?

SS: Dana Rohrabacher IS the swamp. He’s been in office for 30 years and it was never the intention of the founders for Congress to be a lifelong career.  He even joined the Democrats in voting against the tax cuts that are spurring economic growth and putting more money back in the pockets of average Americans.

BW: What do you want the people of the California 48th to know about you?

SS: I want them to know that I really care and I want to do better for them. It may sound cliché but I want to make a difference. I’m not the swamp. I support Trump, but I can stand up to Trump when I feel he’s wrong too. An example of that is when he advocated allowing hunting for ivory again. I fully oppose this.

You can learn more about Shastina Sandman by going to her website here.

 

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Amy Schumer is important in her own mind

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Amy Schumer is important in her own mind

It’s bad when entertainers-turned-political-activists like Colin Kaepernick feel that their opinions are superior to the opinions of others because they have celebrity status based on something other than their governmental acumen. It’s worse when entertainers-turned-political-activists like Amy Schumer support other activists by propagandizing their fans through social media.

That’s what Amy Schumer just did. She also attempted to shame all Caucasian football players for not supporting their brother by kneeling.

Her latest display of activism came in the form of an Instagram post declaring to the world she will not be doing a Super Bowl ad this year. Mainstream media, on cue, took to the airwaves with this “blockbuster” story while social media echoed her sentiment like sheep.

The biggest parallel between Amy Schumer and Colin Kaepernick is that neither had the chops in their former professions to make it big, so they turned to activism to inflate their egos and justify their celebrity status.

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Friday thought. I wonder why more white players aren’t kneeling. Once you witness the truly deep inequality and endless racism people of color face in our country, not to mention the police brutality and murders. Why not kneel next to your brothers? Otherwise how are you not complicit? I think it would be cool if @maroon5 backed out of super bowl like @badgalriri Did. I personally told my reps I wouldn’t do a Super Bowl commercial this year. I know it must sound like a privilege ass sacrifice but it’s all i got. Hitting the nfl with the advertisers is the only way to really hurt them. I know opposing the nfl is like opposing the nra. Very tough, but don’t you want to be proud of how you’re living? Stand up for your brothers and sisters of color. And the hottest thing a guy can do is get down on one knee. Not to propose but to reject the treatment of his teammates by this country. Anyone who says its disrespectful to our military please read up on the fact that a lot of veterans are proud of what @kaepernick7 is doing and fully support him. What are your thoughts?

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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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