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Portland Thorns soccer fans boo during halftime military swearing-in ceremony

Typical progressives…it’s all about THEIR feelings. Can’t respect the fact that these kids volunteered for this service and that this was the enlistees’ ceremony. Classless.

Details from Fox News: Fans at a National Women’s Soccer League game rained down boos during a U.S. Armed Forces swearing-in ceremony Wednesday after the enlistees were asked to pledge they would obey the orders of President Trump.

The ceremony took place at Providence Park in Portland, Ore., while the Portland Thorns were facing the North Carolina Courage. The event was scheduled ahead of the 2019 season when the club discovered it would be playing on Sept. 11, according to The Oregonian.

The crowd applauded the group after it took the Oath of Enlistment but booed when the enlistees were asked to “obey the orders of the President of the United States.”

The boos come as Major League Soccer came under fire for banning political banners in its club’s stadiums. The National Women’s Soccer League does not have a fan code of conduct but agreed with its partner club, the Portland Timbers, to ban political signage at Thorns games.

Read the whole story here.

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Why President Trump fired John Bolton

Yesterday, Sept. 10, 2019, in a pair of tweet, President Trump announced that he had terminated neoConservative (i.e., warmonger for Israel) National Security Advisor John Bolton, citing strong disagreement on “many of his suggestions” regarding foreign policy. Trump wrote:

“I informed John Bolton last night that his services are no longer needed at the White House. I disagreed strongly with many of his suggestions, as did others in the Administration, and therefore I asked John for his resignation, which was given to me this morning. I thank John very much for his service. I will be naming a new National Security Advisor next week.”

It was in April 2018 that Trump appointed Bolton as his third national security advisor, to succeed Army Gen. H.R. McMaster.

Shortly after President Trump’s announcement, Bolton tweeted that he had offered his resignation Monday evening:

Bloomberg News reports, citing an unnamed White House official, that Deputy National Security Advisor Charles Kupperman will take over as Bolton’s acting replacement, Bloomberg News reports, citing an unnamed White House official.

Joshua Caplan of Breitbart confirms that Bolton’s departure stems from his “hawkish” (i.e., pro-war) foreign policy differences with President Trump over (1) ending the war in Afghanistan, now the longest U.S. war ever; (2) ending the U.S. war in Syria; and (3) rapprochement with North Korea.

Caplan writes:

News of Bolton’s departure follows reports that he and Vice President Mike Pence opposed plans for the president to hold peace talks at Camp David with the Taliban regarding the U.S. withdrawing troops from Afghanistan. The president has denied there were disagreements between himself and others in the White House.

Bolton’s championed hawkish foreign policy views dating back to the Reagan administration and became a household name over his vociferous support for the Iraq War as the U.S. ambassador to the U.N. under George W. Bush.

Since joining the administration in the spring of last year, Bolton has espoused skepticism about the president’s whirlwind rapprochement with North Korea and has advocated against President Trump’s decision last year to pull U.S. troops out of Syria. He masterminded a quiet campaign inside the administration and with allies abroad to persuade President Trump to keep U.S. forces in Syria to counter the remnants of the Islamic State and Iranian influence in the region.

Trump’s sacking of Bolton has the approval of Sen. Rand Paul (R-KY), who tweeted, “I commend @realDonaldTrump for this necessary action. The President has great instincts on foreign policy and ending our endless wars. He should be served by those who share those views.”

I agree with Sen. Paul.

Donald Trump is no fool. Notice a consistent pattern emerging in both his handling of foreign and domestic affairs: When something happens, Trump’s first reaction seems to accord with the neoCons in foreign affairs, and with the Left in domestic affairs. But then, he wouldn’t actually do what those factions want and, in time, would moderate and effectively void his initial statements.

~Eowyn

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Illinois woman being forced to remove 9/11 memorial on her property that officials say is “obsolete”

Bureaucrats gonna do their thing…

From Daily Mail: An Illinois woman says authorities are trying to force her to remove a September 11 memorial on her property that they claim is ‘obsolete’.

Leigh Gardella-Wood lives with her family on the site of the former Spring Bluff Elementary School in Winthrop Harbor about 50 miles north of Chicago. They have lived there since they bought the property in 2011 when the school shut down.

Gardella-Wood received a letter from the Winthrop Harbor Village last week ordering her to remove ‘all obsolete signage’ related to the elementary school and a 9/11 memorial currently on their property. She has 14 days to remove the signage or risk a fine of up to $500 a day.

Gardella-Wood told NBC5 that the memorial rock was already on the property when they purchased it and that they asked officials to remove it within a year. She claims said officials did not make any attempt to remove the boulder.

A local girl scout raised enough money in June 2012 for a plaque to be placed on the boulder that reads ‘We Shall Never Forget’ in dedication to those who died in the 9/11 attacks.

When officials tried to remove the memorial a few months later, Gardella-Wood said they faced uproar from local veterans and they decided to leave the memorial.

She received the letter from officials last week describing the memorial and signage related to the school as ‘obsolete’.

‘I have never heard of a plaque being an issue. There are people who have plaques in their yard all over the place – it is not gawdy, it is not hurting anybody,’ Gardella-Wood said.

‘I don’t know what to think because I don’t understand what they are thinking. I don’t understand how a community that is so close, that they would find a plaque or memorial obsolete.

‘People worked really hard to have that put there. People died on 9/11. It’s not something we can just forget. It is coming up – how do you forget that?

The local Veterans of Foreign Wars have already pledged to host the memorial on their property if Gardella-Wood is forced to remove the memorial.

The mayor and village board have not yet commented on the memorial but are expected to discuss it at a town hall meeting on Tuesday night.

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President Trump discharging federal student loan debt of totally and permanently disabled veterans

Excerpts from the White House Memorandum:

“For the last decade, veterans seeking loan discharges have been required to submit an application to the Secretary of Education with proof of their disabilities obtained from the Department of Veterans Affairs. The process has been overly complicated and difficult, and prevented too many of our veterans from receiving the relief for which they are eligible. This has inflicted significant hardship and serious harm on these veterans and has frustrated the intent of the Congress that their Federal student loan debt be discharged.

Only half of the approximately 50,000 totally and permanently disabled veterans who currently qualify for the discharge of their Federal student loan debt have availed themselves of the benefits provided to them by the Higher Education Act.

Accordingly, by the authority vested in me as President by the Constitution and the laws of the United States of America, and to express the gratitude of our Nation for the service of our totally and permanently disabled veterans, I hereby direct the following:

It shall be the policy of the Federal Government to facilitate — in a manner that is quick, efficient, and minimally burdensome — the discharge of Federal student loan debt for totally and permanently disabled veterans.

The Secretary of Education is hereby directed to develop as soon as practicable a process, consistent with applicable law, to facilitate the swift and effective discharge of the Federal student loan debt of totally and permanently disabled veterans pursuant to [USC sections listed].”

Read the whole memorandum here.

According to Breitbart, President Trump made the following statement: “Veterans who have made such enormous sacrifices for our country should not be asked to pay any more, rather it is America who owes our heroes a supreme debt of gratitude.”

President Trump tweeted the following:

“It was my honor to sign a Presidential Memorandum facilitating the cancellation of student loan debt for 25K of our most severely disabled Veterans. With today’s order, we express the everlasting love & loyalty of a truly grateful Nation. God bless our Vets, & God Bless America!”

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SNAFU Royale: Why VA Healthcare Still Sucks

I have never been a fan of the VA healthcare system. But this is beyond the pale.

From “VA cuts off Van Nuys assisted living home that reported visit to veteran who had died,” Los Angeles Times, August 9, 2019

VA assisted living

Federal officials pulled veterans from a Van Nuys assisted living home after finding that the facility had reported a social worker visiting a veteran who had been dead for four days, according to a report released Thursday.

The investigation by the U.S. Department of Veterans Affairs also found serious medication errors at the California Villa home. A 100-year-old veteran with sepsis was denied prescribed antibiotics because they were “not covered by Medicare” and ended up hospitalized a second time, the report said.

Another veteran received a double dose of medication and a third was denied prescription drugs and charged $5 a meal because he preferred eating in his room rather than the cafeteria.

Authorities from Washington, D.C., blamed the VA’s Greater Los Angeles Healthcare System for failing to investigate and address “serious residential care concerns” at the facility, but added that program administrators had not reported the problems to upper management.

The healthcare system had California Villa on an approved list, and helped place veterans there, but

The investigation was initiated by the U.S. Special Counsel based on whistleblower complaints.

“I am shocked that such lax oversight of facilities providing critical care for vulnerable veterans ever occurred,” Special Counsel Henry J. Kerner said in a letter Thursday to the White House. The investigation findings were also relayed to congressional oversight committees.

The California Department of Social Services had sought to revoke California Villa’s license after finding that the facility in 2017 had not addressed serious safety issues stemming from a resident’s repeated assaults on other residents, which resulted in at least one hospitalization, state records show.

The state agency also found that staff did not adequately clean feces from the furniture.

A new license for the facility was issued in March under the name California Green Tree Villa Ast Lvg & Memory Care. It is licensed for 200 residents.

Administrator Jacqueline Beltran said the facility changed hands Aug. 1, and added that she would relay questions to the new owners, who did not respond.

Kerner, in his letter, said VA investigators found California Villa facilities in “disrepair” and its medicine room disorganized.

The false report of the visit to a dead veteran stemmed from a misidentification by California Villa staff, investigators said.

The veteran was living on a locked ward for residents with Alzheimer’s disease or dementia, or who were at risk of wandering. When a case worker arrived for a visit, California Villa staff directed her to the wrong resident, the investigation found. After the mix-up was discovered, an addendum was added to the veteran’s case notes saying, “Please delete, wrong veteran.”

Investigators said the confusion called into question whether other residents had received incorrect medication.

The VA investigators did not uphold a whistleblower complaint that a VA manager had improper relationships with patients.

Werner praised the whistleblowers for bringing the problems to light and said one of them hoped the VA would investigate further allegations of a bedbug infestation and other problems.

~ Grif

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Sunday Funny: March of the Belgian Cadets

Belgium is a founding member of both the European Union and the North Atlantic Treaty Organization (NATO) military alliance of which the United States is also a member. In fact, NATO’s headquarters are in Brussels, the capital of Belgium. That means America is obliged by treaty to defend Belgium.

Ponder that, as you watch the video below of a group of cadets of the Belgium Defense Forces.

From “an open letter to the esteemed Belgian Defence Forces,” published on Military Times, an independent source of news and information for U.S. service members and their families:

[Y]our cadets of the Belgian Defence Forces…spent the week commemorating noteworthy first steps — which appeared to be their first … ever.

For that is the terrifying display the rest of the world bore witness to this week during the broadcast of a wonderful Belgian parade, one in which your group of cadets managed to stumble their way through…. One must assume the only reason for including this group of cadets was due to the nation of Belgium literally running out of human beings to fill the void in this section of the parade….

And the leader? He somehow managed to fall out of step … with himself…. If any training, at all, occurred leading up to this abomination, everyone involved is to be condemned for a job never done.

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Secret U.S. Army mission of undetermined duration in Washington, DC

Since last October, the Pentagon has had a secret Army mission with Black Hawk helicopters flying over the Washington, D.C., area, backed by active-duty and reserve soldiers, but we’re only now finding out about it.

Anthony Capaccio reports for Bloomberg, July 22, 2019, that the mysterious classified operation was disclosed only when the Army asked Congress for approval to shift funds to provide an extra $1.55 million for aircraft maintenance, air crews and travel in support of an “emerging classified flight mission.” The Defense Department maintains that without this additional funding, “the Army will not be able to perform this classified mission.”

The Pentagon has revealed only a few details about the secret D.C. mission:

  • “Soldiers from assault helicopter company and aviation maintenance units will be supporting the mission with 10 UH-60s (Black Hawk helicopters) and maintenance capabilities for four months.”
  • The requested money will also pay for a specialized “Sensitive Compartmented Information Facility” at Davison Army Airfield at Fort Belvoir, Virginia, just outside Washington.

Army spokesman Wayne Hall declined in an email to comment on whether the mission involved protecting the White House or other federal buildings, or whether it’s making use of specialized commando units of the Pentagon’s Joint Special Operations Command, which includes the Army’s Delta unit and Navy’s Seal Team Six.

Hall said the operation began early in the fiscal year, which started last Oct. 1, and “the duration of the mission is undetermined.”

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Antifa “activist” facing assault charges was tied to demorat policymakers

Antifa member Joseph “Chepe” Alcoff

This story is from February 2019 yet I thought it appropriate to highlight given the rise in Antifa’s violence and the demorats who support them.

I was not able to confirm if Alcoff is still in jail. He must be out on bail awaiting trial.

From Fox News: What a difference a year made for Joseph Alcoff.

On Monday, the 37-year-old has a court date in connection with charges he’s facing in Philadelphia that include aggravated assault and ethnic intimidation for allegedly being part of an Antifa mob in November that attacked two Marines, Alejandro Godinez and Luis Torres, both Hispanic. Alcoff and two others charged in the attack have pleaded not guilty.

But while Democratic officials are distancing themselves from Alcoff now, until recently he was a well-connected, aspiring political player in Washington who may have even had a hand in key policy proposals.

His endorsement apparently mattered when several congressional Democrats in February 2018 issued press releases with his quote backing their bill on regulating payday lenders.

As the payday campaign manager for the liberal group Americans for Financial Reform, Alcoff participated in congressional Democratic press conferences, was a guest on a House Democratic podcast and met with senior officials at the Consumer Financial Protection Bureau from 2016 through 2018.

He was also pictured with now-House Financial Services Committee Chairwoman Maxine Waters, D-Calif., and ranking Democrat on the Senate Banking, Housing and Urban Affairs Committee Sen. Sherrod Brown of Ohio. Both committees oversee financial regulatory policies Alcoff was advocating.

Alcoff met with then CFPB Director Richard Cordray and other senior CFPB officials on April 2016, again in March 2017 and a third time in May 2017, as first reported by the Washington Free Beacon. During this time, he reportedly was an Antifa leader in Washington.

Alcoff’s former employer had little to say about the matter. “As of December, Mr. Alcoff no longer works for AFR,” Carter Dougherty, spokesman for Americans for Financial Reform, told Fox News in an email.
Dougherty didn’t answer whether Alcoff had been fired or resigned. He also didn’t answer whether the organization was aware of Alcoff’s associations during his employment.

Alcoff was reportedly also an organizer for Smash Racism DC, the group responsible for gathering and shouting threats outside the home of Fox News host Tucker Carlson in November and for heckling Sen. Ted Cruz, R-Texas, and his wife Heidi at a Washington restaurant in September. Reports have not said Alcoff was directly involved in either incident; only that he was associated with the group.

Democrats are hardly eager to be associated with Alcoff now. Most spokespersons for Democratic members of Congress did not respond to inquiries from Fox News, or distanced themselves from Alcoff.

In one appearance, Alcoff dressed up as “Lenny the Loan Shark” at an event last March held outside the CFPB headquarters, which featured Rep. Don Beyer, D-Va.

“The congressman has never interacted with him nor has he taken any financial policy advice from him. Their names have appeared on the same piece of paper,” Beyer spokesman Aaron Fritschner told Fox News. “He appeared at the same press conference, but they didn’t speak to each other. This person was literally wearing a shark outfit.”

In the February 2018 press statement, House and Senate Democrats co-sponsoring the Stopping Abuse and Fraud in Electronic (SAFE) Lending Act, which boosted regulation on payday lenders, issued versions of a press release, most including the Alcoff quote.

The Consumer Bureau and Congress have in the past understood the way that payday lenders structure loans to catch Americans in a cycle of debt with exorbitant interest rates,” Alcoff said in the press releases. “It is unfortunate that some in Washington would rather open the loan shark gates than continue to think about sensible borrower protections. The SAFE Lending Act would put Washington back on track to stop the debt trap.”

In August, Alcoff was a guest on the House Democrats’ Joint Economic Committee podcast, criticizing the decline of the CFPB under the Trump administration. “It’s been an incredible kind of erosion [Trump administration actions] recently, but these are really, really important basic functions [CFPB’s mission] that people across the country should be able to look to Washington and expect,” Alcoff said on the podcast.

In connection with the subsequent attack in Philadelphia, the two Hispanic Marines said the Antifa mob of about 10 or 12 attackers shouted racial slurs during the beating. Only three from the mob were identified and arrested. The attack happened at the same time as a right-wing rally in Philadelphia, which Antifa showed up to protest. The Marines who were assaulted said they were not even aware of the rally.

“On one side, you have the Proud Boys, a racist group of Nazi thugs. On the other side, you have anti-racist activists,” Alcoff’s lawyer Michael Coard told Philadelphia Magazine. “Unfortunately, in the mix, there were two Marines who were caught up in the whole thing as innocent bystanders.”

Coard, an African American activist in Philadelphia, also told the magazine regarding the alleged slurs, “The question that I have for the D.A.’s office and the police is this: Does anybody think that I, Michael Coard, would represent a racist? … I would never represent a racist. In fact, if I believed that he was a racist, I would prosecute him myself.”

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Make. Her. STOP: Obese model Tess Holliday celebrates her 34th birthday as she opens up about struggling with “stress-related insomnia” (NSFW)

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Tess shares a pic of her fat ass to highlight her “struggles”

From Daily Mail: Tess Holliday marked her 34th birthday with a confident and sizzling nude snap, days after revealing she identifies as ‘pansexual’.

Posting an update to her Instagram stories, the body positive activist also claimed she has experienced anxiety and trouble sleeping for multiple nights, asking followers to send tips for ‘stress-related insomnia’.

These updates come just one week after the married plus-size model told Nylon magazine that she has recently been ‘figuring out’ her sexuality and her relationship to her ‘queerness’.

Since the interview became public, the Mississippi-born star has shared a series of heartfelt posts in defiance of those who told her she would ‘never amount to anything’.

The mom-of-two also proclaimed that ‘being a visibly fat model/public figure’ is ‘exhausting as hell’ and she longs for the day where marginalized people won’t ‘unnecessarily offend’ the world.

Tess told followers that her only wish for her birthday is that they will look in the mirror and love what they see. The self-claimed ‘proud trailer trash’ promoted the idea that ‘self love can change the damn world’ as she posed in multiple swimwear looks.

Tess celebrated Independence Day with social media sensation and actress Chelcie Lynn in San Diego, California.

Her husband, Australian artist Nick Holliday, joined in the fun, posing in a mullet and red bandana on Instagram. ‘What’s more American than wearing a mullet next to your loud, wide, obnoxious, amazing wife,’ he caption the image of the couple.

This week also marks the Los Angeles-based couple’s fourth wedding anniversary.

The model graced the cover of Nylon magazine’s July 2019 digital issue in a flirty yellow swimsuit, and during her interview, she recalled recently chatting with a man at a hotel pool in Mexico when he asked if she was bisexual.

‘I said, ‘Thank you so much for asking. I’ve been thinking a lot about my relationship to my own queerness, and I think the word pansexual speaks to me more than bi does,’ she said, but it turned out the guy was only asking if she was ‘buying’ ⁠— not ‘bi.’

Tess isn’t exactly sure how to describe her sexual identity, but the interaction is proof that it is something that has been on her mind.

Read the whole story here.

I am so sick of this obese womyn who experiences “anxiety” due to her inability to put down a freaking cheeseburger.

I’ve had just about ENOUGH of this COW and her claims of perpetual victimhood.

You want to talk about “exhausting,” you fat womyn?

You want to talk about “looking in the mirror and loving what they see,” you fat womyn?

You want to talk about people who would “never amount to anything,” you fat womyn?

You, Tess Holliday, are nothing but a self-serving, narcissistic, egotistical FAT womyn trying to justify your own indulgences while ignoring the REAL sacrifices humans around the world live with EVERYDAY.

Enjoy your Instagram fame you self-centered, FAT woman.

See also:

Obese model Tess Holliday comes out as queer while her husband calls himself a “queer dad”

Make It Stop: Obese model Tess Holliday again promoting unhealthy body size

‘He is a PIG’: Plus-size model Tess Holliday dons ‘Dump Trump’ T-shirt for new fashion ad

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Happy Fourth of July, America!

Enjoy your blessings this weekend.

Say a prayer for U.S. soldiers stationed overseas away from their families.

And God Bless the USA!

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