Saturday, August 19, 2017


Confederate Monuments Removed Or Vandalized Across US
August 18, 2017 7:51 PM

(AP) – Confederate monuments are being removed around the country under pressure from those who say they honor a regime that enslaved African-Americans. The pace has increased, however, in the wake of last weekend’s deadly confrontation at a white nationalist rally in Charlottesville, Virginia.

A look at monuments that have been removed, covered up or vandalized in recent days:
A statue of U.S. Supreme Court Justice Roger B. Taney, who wrote the 1857 Dred Scott decision that upheld slavery and denied citizenship to African-Americans, was removed from the grounds of the Maryland State House Friday and trucked away to storage. Three of four voting members of the State House Trust voted to move the bronze statue, which was erected in 1872.
The city removed a granite fountain Friday that stood in a park as a monument to Confederate soldiers since 1916. One of a few people on hand to oppose the removal was detained when she defied orders to vacate the grounds of the fountain. She was later released.
The city near the Canadian border removed signs identifying Pickett Bridge, which was named for Confederate Capt. George E. Pickett. North of Vancouver, former highway markers honoring Confederate President Jefferson Davis were splashed with red or black paint at a park on private land Friday.
The Dallas-area theme park Six Flags Over Texas will no longer fly the Confederate flag. The park named for the six flags that have flown over the state said Friday that will now fly six American flags.
Transit officials will alter subway tiles at a Manhattan station that have a cross-like design similar to that of the Confederate flag. The design at the 40th Street entrance to the Times Square stop isn’t flag-related but transit officials said they want to avoid confusion about their meaning. Earlier this week, plaques honoring Gen. Robert E. Lee were removed from the property of a now-closed Brooklyn church. Meanwhile, Gov. Andrew Cuomo has called on the Army to rename two streets at Fort Hamilton that honor Lee and another Confederate general.
A statue of Gen. Robert E. Lee at Duke University was found defaced Thursday. The statue in the entryway to Duke Chapel had damage to its nose. Another monument of a Confederate soldier that stood in front of a government office building in town was pulled down by protesters Monday night. Four people have been arrested, and authorities say more arrests are planned. Earlier, two statues in Wilmington were defaced with spray paint.
A statue outside a courthouse dedicated to Confederate soldiers was vandalized. Obscenities and other graffiti were spray-painted on the 1908 monument sometime before dawn Thursday. The damage was repaired.
A plaque honoring confederate soldiers was removed Wednesday from a cemetery and a second monument will be taken down later. The plaque lauded “the valiant” Confederate soldiers buried there. Mayor Paul Soglin said the Civil War was “a defense of the deplorable practice of slavery.”
A Confederate monument outside Phoenix was found covered in tar and feathers on Thursday. Earlier, the Confederate Troops Memorial outside the Arizona Capitol was spray-painted white. It was the second time in a week that the memorial had been vandalized.
Four Confederacy-related monuments were hauled away on trucks under cover of darkness late Tuesday night and early Wednesday. Mayor Catherine Pugh said she was concerned that such statues might spark violence.
A 1914 monument honoring fallen Confederate soldiers was splattered with paint earlier this week. Opponents are signing a petition to have it removed from a neighborhood near the University of Tennessee campus.
A 52-foot-tall obelisk honoring Confederate soldiers and sailors was covered by wooden panels at the mayor’s order. The 1905 monument is in a downtown park. The cover-up Tuesday prompted a lawsuit by Alabama’s attorney general, who argues that it violates a new law prohibiting the removal of historical structures, including rebel memorials.
Hollywood Forever Cemetery, where many movie legends are interred, removed a 6-foot Confederate monument that was erected in 1925. The stone and attached plaque stood near the graves of more than 30 Confederate veterans and their families.
The city removed a plaque naming Confederate President Jefferson Davis from a downtown plaza Wednesday. The 1926 plaque honored San Diego as the Western terminus of the Jefferson Davis Highway between Virginia and California.


On Friday, the Trump administration released their annual report to Congress on White House Office Personnel. It includes the name, status, salary and position title of all 377 White House employees. The report also said that Trump decided not to take a dime of his salary, instead he donated it to an amazing cause! (see below). 

The report also showed that President Trump is far better at saving money than Obama was. The total annual White House salaries under trump are $35.8 million vs. $40.9 under Obama, a savings of $5.1 million.

Here are some other key findings:

There are 110 fewer employees on White House staff under Trump than under Obama at this point in their respective presidencies.

Nineteen fewer staffers are dedicated to The First Lady of the United States (FLOTUS). Currently, there are five staffers dedicated to Melania Trump vs. 24 staffers who served Michelle Obama (FY2009).
However, it’s what the report said Trump did with this salary that has everyone talking!

Instead of taking his salary, Trump donated all $400,000 to the Department of the Interior where it will be used for construction and repair needs at military cemeteries! AMAZING! It’s so great to have a President who loves our brave military men and women so much!

Oh, and where’s the media coverage of this? Oh that’s right, they don’t cover anything good that the President does.


Dems risk culture war fight in Charlottesville response
ATLANTA (AP) — President Donald Trump’s widely criticized response to white supremacist violence in Virginia has left Democrats in a quandary: how to seize the moral high ground without getting sucked into a politically perilous culture war.

Democrats have denounced Trump for blaming “both sides” for deadly protests in Charlottesville, Virginia, and, more recently, for defending Confederate monuments.

But the party faces a complex task: While addressing race and history in ways that reflect the party’s values, Democrats also need to focus on issues like jobs and the economy that resonate with a wider range of voters, including white independents, ahead of the 2018 midterm election.

The party has been looking to answer Trump’s populism by crafting its own middle-class brand, yet Democratic leaders across multiple states now are pushing to take down Old South monuments like the one that ostensibly sparked the events in Charlottesville, and three rank-and-file House Democrats want to pursue a congressional censure of the president.
In interviews this week before his resignation was announced Friday, White House strategist Steve Bannon gleefully suggested Democrats are falling into a trap.
“I want them to talk about racism every day,” Bannon told The American Prospect, a liberal magazine. “If the left is focused on race and identity, and we go with economic nationalism, we can crush the Democrats.”
Trump himself has called Confederate memorials, most of them actually erected decades after the Civil War, “beautiful statues” that reflect “our nation’s history and culture.”
Polls taken after last weekend’s violence offer some evidence backing Bannon’s and Trump’s view. While polls found widespread disgust with white supremacists, a Marist Poll for NPR and PBS found that just 27 percent of adults queried believe Confederate monuments “should be removed because they are offensive.” About two out of three white and Latino respondents said they should remain, as did 44 percent of black respondents.

Andrew Young, a Democrat, civil rights leader and former U.N. ambassador, warned this week that the monuments are “a distraction.” He told reporters in Atlanta it is “too costly to refight the Civil War.”

Boyd Brown of South Carolina, a former state lawmaker and onetime member of the Democratic National Committee, says Democrats are right to oppose Confederate monuments and criticize Trump’s remarks. “He tweets something crazy, we react — and we’re not wrong,” Brown said. But “we have to talk about a lack of jobs and education in poor districts, voter suppression laws. Ask why Medicaid funding is always the target. And then explain how all those things hurt more than just African-Americans.”

Trump upset Democrat Hillary Clinton on the strength of his support from white voters, particularly working-class whites who possessed a combination of economic frustration and racial resentments salved by Trump’s promises of immigration controls, law-and-order and a booming economy.

Clinton, meanwhile, concentrated so much on Trump’s deficiencies and outlandish statements that her own policy proposals received less attention. That’s a problem that has beset Trump rivals since he first declared his candidacy: All the attention focused on Trump — even unflattering stories — prevent them from getting out their own messages.

Brian Fallon, who was spokesman for Clinton’s campaign, said Democrats shouldn’t let that happen after Charlottesville.

“As horrifying as what the president has said is, you have to have an affirmative agenda,” he said.

Still, Fallon praised Democratic efforts to keep Trump and Republicans on the defensive over the president’s response — even if it doesn’t help them politically.

“Sometimes it’s important to take a stand regardless of the electoral impacts,” he said, noting that Clinton delivered a speech last year warning of white nationalists’ rise alongside Trump’s campaign.

Democrats have tried various tactics to press the Charlottesville issue. Besides the push to censure Trump and remove monuments, they are planning voter organization drives across the United States.

Andrew Gillum, the mayor of Tallahassee, Florida, and candidate for governor, is among the Democrats calling for monuments to be moved to museums or cemeteries.

Gillum, who is black, says Democrats must argue “these monuments have been weaponized. We can’t pretend that didn’t happen.”

The issue is reminiscent of South Carolina’s decision to remove the Confederate battle flag from statehouse grounds in 2015 after a white gunman killed nine people at a historic black church in Charleston. Then-Gov. Nikki Haley, a Republican who is now Trump’s United Nations ambassador, declared the flag untenably divisive after the wide distribution of photos showing the killer clutching it.
“She was focused on leading the state through a grieving process so it could begin healing,” recalls Rob Godfrey, one of her top aides at the time.

But Godfrey notes Haley never considered jettisoning other Old South relics.

“That was going to drive people apart,” Godfrey says.


Police believe thieves steal Venezuela zoo animals to eat them ... socialism at its finest!
Tapirs are seen at the Zulia's Metropolitan Zoological Park in Maracaibo, Venezuela August 16, 2017.Isaac Urrutia

MARACAIBO, Venezuela (Reuters) - Venezuela authorities are investigating the theft of animals from a zoo in the western state of Zulia that were likely snatched to be eaten, a further sign of hunger in a country struggling with chronic food shortages.

A police official said two collared peccaries, which are similar in appearance to boars, were stolen over the weekend from the Zulia Metropolitan Zoological Park in the sweltering city of Maracaibo near the Colombian border.

"What we presume is that they (were taken) with the intention of eating them," Luis Morales, an official for the Zulia division of the National Police, told reporters on Tuesday.

The chaotic collapse of the country's socialist economic model has created chronic food shortages that have fueled malnutrition and left millions seeking food anywhere they can find it, including in trash cans and dumpsters.

President Nicolas Maduro blames food shortages on opposition protests that have blocked streets and highways and a broader "economic war" led by adversaries with the help of Washington.

But zoo head Leonardo Nunez said a wave of thefts that in recent weeks had affected 10 species including a buffalo, which he said was cut into pieces, was orchestrated by "drug dealers" seeking to sell the animals.

"They take everything here! The animals weren't stolen to be eaten," Nunez said in an interview on Wednesday.

Mauricio Castillo, a former zoo director, said thieves had made off with two tapirs, a jungle animal that is also similar to a pig that is described as vulnerable to extinction by the International Union for Conservation of Nature.

Shortages have also left zoos without sufficient food to feed animals, with some 50 animals starving to death last year at a Caracas zoos, according to a union leader.

The government denied the animals had starved, insisting they had been treated "like family."

Friday, August 18, 2017


Steve Bannon is out at White House ... he didn't go quietly into the night!  Now the MSM will cuddle up Bannon as the only one with a brain in the Trump White House more Mr. Nice Guy ... John Kelly is the White House THIRD RAIL and will run the place like a military unit ... no BS just results.

By Bob Fredericks

Top presidential adviser and white nationalist bomb-thrower Steve Bannon is out of a White House job, a new report said Friday. (GUESS WE KNOW HOW BOB FREDERICKS FEELS! REALLY NO NEED TO CONTINUE READING THE ARTICLE.)

President Trump’s chief of staff John Kelly wrapped up a review of the West Wing staff and was expected to can the former Breitbart editor, the voice of the alt-right who has the president’s ear, Drudge reported.

“Bannon had one hell of a run,” Matt Drudge tweeted.

Bannon had been on the outs with Trump before, but the president now suspects he was one of the main leakers in the administration, trashing his colleagues in the press.

The notoriously thin-skinned president also resented the publicity Bannon had been getting as the supposed mastermind of Trump’s campaign and upset victory.

One White House source told Axios, “His departure may seem turbulent in the media, but inside it will be very smooth. He has no projects or responsibilities to hand off.”

Bannon in recent days gave interviews to publications including the New York Times in which he defended Trump’s controversial comments in the wake of the racial violence in Charlottesville, Va., last weekend.

A senior White House official told Axios that it seemed like Bannon was setting himself up to be a martyr — the white nationalist hero canned by the “globalists.”

A source close to Bannon added: “This week is a good window into what Bannon outside the [White House] would look like: A strong defense of POTUS and ‘fire and fury’ for enemies of the Trump agenda. Get ready for Bannon the barbarian.”


Chicago official blames Trump for ‘disgraceful’ vandalism of Lincoln bust ... AS THE SAINTS GO MARCHING!
Published time: 18 Aug, 2017 01:42 Edited time: 18 Aug, 2017 08:30
A bust of President Abraham Lincoln in the predominantly-black Chicago neighborhood of West Englewood is the second monument of the 16th president to be vandalized in the US this week. And President Donald Trump is responsible, a Chicago alderman says.


The 91-year-old bust of Lincoln was found burnt and broken in Chicago, according to Alderman Raymond Lopez (15th Ward), who posted an image of the charred remains on his Facebook page Thursday. ... I'M SURPRISED THAT THE RAIL SPLITTER WASN'T TARRED AND FEATHERED!

“What an absolute disgraceful act of vandalism,” Lopez wrote in a post that has been shared nearly 10,000 times as of Thursday afternoon.  YUP! YOUR VOTING PUBLIC ALDERMAN LOPEZ!

Lopez thinks the statue was deliberately targeted for vandalism.


“I believe that what happened to Abraham Lincoln wasn’t just a random act of violence. It’s wasn’t just [plastered] with graffiti or tipped over. This was an intentional act to try to destroy this statue,” Lopez told the Chicago Sun Times.

“The fire was intense. The soot is baked onto it. There was some planning and some effort to try and destroy this bust, which has been in the community for almost 100 years now.”
Lopez said he has asked Cultural Affairs and Special Events Commissioner Mark Kelly for a copy of the city’s public art registry to help identify other statutes that could be in danger of being destroyed.
“I want to make sure we’re able to address this so we don’t have our own citizens taking to the streets trying to topple public art,” Lopez told the Times.

This is the second time in the past week that a statue of Lincoln has been vandalized. On Wednesday, the words "F*** law” were found scrawled in red spray paint on one of the columns at the Lincoln Memorial in Washington, DC.

The vandalism follows a white nationalist rally in Charlottesville, Virginia, which turned fatal last weekend when a man drove his car into a group of counter-protesters, killing a woman and injuring 19 people. White supremacists had descended on Charlottesville, allegedly to protest the removal of a statue of Confederate General Robert E. Lee.
Lincoln Memorial defaced as officials across US reassess Confederate-era monuments

Since the rally, several cities across the US have decided to remove Confederate monuments from public property.

Lopez thinks the vandals were emboldened by Trump when he blamed “both sides” for the violence that occurred in Charlottesville

“When you have a president who, from his point of moral authority as leader of the free world, condones the actions of white supremacists, neo-Nazis, people who believe in a segregated society – when he refuses to refute what their actions are – you embolden people to continue,” Lopez told the Times.
In a series of tweets Thursday morning, Trump said the removal of “beautiful statues and monuments” honoring Confederate leaders was “foolish.”

“The beauty that is being taken out of our cities, towns and parks will be greatly missed and never able to be comparably replaced!” Trump tweeted.

At a news conference Tuesday, Trump criticized the removal of Confederate statues as “changing history” and “changing culture.”

“This week, it’s Robert E. Lee, I noticed that Stonewall Jackson’s coming down. I wonder, is it George Washington next week? And is it Thomas Jefferson the week after,” Trump said, according to a transcript from Politico. “You know, you really do have to ask yourself, where does it stop?”
In response, Bishop James "Saul Alinsky" Dukes, a pastor at the Liberation Christian Center in Chicago, petitioned the state to rename two parks named after George Washington and Andrew Jackson – two US presidents who owned slaves.

"When my children and grandchildren walk through these parks and say, 'Grandfather, wasn't he a slave owner?' how do I explain that and how do I reconcile that with their views of what heroes are?" Dukes told WGN.

"I'm not trying to eradicate history," Dukes continued. "Let's put history where it belongs so it can be explained and taught properly."
  • So, who owned the ships that brought the "slaves" here to America?
  • Better yet, who sold the slaves to the owners of the boats that brought the slaves here?
  • Who were the people who ran the auctions that sold the slaves to the plantation owners?
  • Which political party had the most KKK members?
  • Which political party fought against the equal rights and segregration of schools?
  • Which political party did MLK belong?
  • The questions are endless and historical ... but to Bishop James "Saul Alinsky" Dukes hysterical!

Thursday, August 17, 2017



Thousands of Mexicans march to scrap NAFTA, as government fights to save it

Union workers and farmers protest as NAFTA renegotiation begins in Washington, D.C., in Mexico City, Mexico August 16, 2017. The placards read " FTA hurts, Mexico better without FTA".

MEXICO CITY (Reuters) - While Mexican government negotiators fought tooth and nail to save the North American Free Trade Agreement during talks in Washington, thousands of Mexican farmers and workers took to the streets on Wednesday demanding the deal be scrapped.


Carrying banners that read "No to the FTA," and decorated with images of the distinctive hairstyles of U.S. President Donald Trump and Mexican counterpart Enrique Pena Nieto, the protesters said the 1994 deal had devastated Mexican farms.

"We are against the treaty and the renegotiation because it has not benefited the country," said University union spokesman Carlos Galindo, reflecting views widely held in the early years of the trade pact.

In a sign of that mistrust, on Jan. 1 1994 the Zapatista guerrilla army launched an armed uprising opposing free trade to mark the first day of NAFTA.

The fervor has faded and most Mexicans, including leading leftist Andres Manuel Lopez Obrador who will run for president next year, now broadly support a deal which has led to job growth, especially in the auto manufacturing sector.

Mexico's government is keen to maintain preferential access to the United States and Canada, where nearly 85 percent of its exports are shipped.

However, much like in America's rust belt, Mexico's small, mainly indigenous farmers have not forgotten painful competition they blame on the free trade deal.
A man holds a placard during a protest with union workers and farmers as NAFTA renegotiation begins in Washington, D.C., in Mexico City, Mexico August 16, 2017. The placard reads "FTA hurts, Mexico better without FTA".

"The great loser in these last 23 years has been Mexico, above all, the small farmers," said Ernesto Ladron de Guevara, speaking for one peasant farmers union at a park across from Mexico's Foreign Ministry.

His union is pushing for NAFTA's fate to face a public vote, possibly to coincide with next year's July presidential election and, if the deal survives, wants it to exclude anything related to agriculture and food production.

Mexico now imports some $18.5 billion of agriculture products every year, making it one of the most important markets for U.S. farmers.
That makes U.S. rural states key supporters of the pact, making it harder for Trump to follow his declared instinct to rip it up in favor U.S. blue-collar workers who feel jobs have flooded south.

While some Mexican agriculture such as large-scale livestock farms and horticulture has flourished under NAFTA, others, especially small scale grains producers, have found it hard to compete with U.S. imports.

"The effects of the treaty have been negative for the country's indigenous people," said Jose Narro Cespedes, a small farmers' representative.

Other protesters emphasized that Mexico needs to pay attention to itself, rather than outside trade partners.

"We need to focus on the internal economy," said Galindo. "We're a sweatshop country, and the whole world knows it. The only thing we're doing is exporting."


Judicial Watch: Corrupt State Employees Sold Driver’s Licenses to Illegal Aliens Resulting in Voter Fraud

Massachusetts – Conservative watchdog group Judicial Watch announced Tuesday that corrupt state employees sold drivers’ licenses and state identification cards to illegal immigrants who bought Puerto Rican documents on the black market, according to the DOJ. The operation perpetrated voter fraud because some of the false identities and addresses were used to vote in Boston.

But the Democrats say that voter fraud is just a myth! Why? Because without illegal aliens and dead people voting, the Democrats would never win another election.

The scheme was operated by four taxpayer-funded employees at the Massachusetts Registry of Motor Vehicles (RMV) along with two outside accomplices who sold Puerto Rican documents to illegal aliens. All six were recently arrested and charged with aggravated identity theft. They probably never would have been caught if not for an anonymous tip received by the Massachusetts State Police nearly two years ago and there’s no telling how long the illicit scheme operated.

The anonymous letter said that a corrupt RMV employee was providing stolen identifications and drivers’ licenses to individuals seeking false IDs, the DOJ announcement states. An investigation ensued and authorities discovered that the four clerks were working with a document vendor and document dealer to provide the licenses and official state ID cards to illegal immigrants in exchange for cash. “The scheme involved several steps,” the DOJ says. First, the document dealer sold a Puerto Rican birth certificate and U.S. Social Security card to the document vendor for approximately $900. The vendor would then sell the stolen identities for more than $2,000 to illegal aliens—some with criminal records—seeking legitimate identities in Massachusetts. After the first layer of illicit transactions occurred, the counterfeit documents and false identities and addresses were used to fraudulently register clients to vote in Boston.

Illegal aliens would then bring the stolen identities to the RMV where the corrupt clerks worked and they would accept cash to illegally issue authentic documents, including drivers’ licenses and ID cards. “The clerks also accepted cash to use the RMV’s system to run queries, including Social Security number audits, to confirm that the identities the clients were stealing actually belonged to verifiable individuals,” the DOJ announcement states. The unscrupulous state workers face up to two years in prison, according to the feds, who won’t reveal the magnitude of the operation and how many authentic state documents were issued fraudulently to illegal aliens.

Judicial Watch has been aggressively pursuing voter fraud which is plaguing our nation. In fact, Judicial Watch warned the state of California recently that if they don’t clean up their voters' rolls, they will sue them in Federal Court.

Just how bad is California? As TGP previously reported, there are eleven counties in California with more registered voters than voting age adults in the county.

Ten of the Eleven counties voted for Hillary Clinton.

Judicial Watch lays out the specifics: “[T]here were more total registered voters than there were adults over the age of 18 living in each of the following eleven (11) counties:
  •  Imperial (102%), 
  • Lassen (102%), 
  • Los Angeles (112%), 
  • Monterey (104%), 
  • San Diego (138%), 
  • San Francisco (114%), 
  • San Mateo (111%), 
  • Santa Cruz (109%), 
  • Solano (111%), 
  • Stanislaus (102%), and 
  • Yolo (110%).” 
The letter notes that the percentage in L.A. Country may be as high as 144%.

In June California Secretary of State Alex Padilla told the Trump administration the state will not cooperate with the election integrity commission because it would “only serve to legitimize the false and already debunked claims of massive voter fraud.”


Obamacare insurer payments draws mixed reviews from Republicans
Conservative Rep. Mark Walker, head of the Republican Study Committee, criticized Trump's Obamacare payments to insurers, while Sen. Lamar Alexander praised it.

A key House lawmaker criticized the Trump administration's decision to pay insurers this month for reducing out-of-pocket costs for low-income Obamacare customers.

But a Republican senator tasked with spearheading a bipartisan deal to fund the payments in 2018 praised the decision.

The dueling statements show the difficulties that lie ahead for reaching a bipartisan agreement by the end of September to fund the payments for all of next year.

Rep. Mark Walker, R-N.C., chairman of the Republican Study Committee, which has 170 members, called the payments unconstitutional Wednesday.

"We cannot dig our hands into a hole $20 trillion deep to bail out insurance companies," he said. "Even worse, we will be adding insult to injury by masking the failures of Obamacare at the expense of hard-working taxpayers."

The Trump administration decided Wednesday to make cost-sharing reduction payments to insurers for August. The payments reimburse insurers for reducing co-pays and deductibles for poor people enrolled in Obamacare.
The Trump administration has not made a decision on whether to continue the payments in 2018, which has led some Obamacare insurers to raise prices for next year.
Walker called the payments unconstitutional, a nod to a lawsuit filed by House Republicans in 2014. The lawsuit charged that the payments require a congressional appropriation, which the Obama administration did not do. (WHERE WAS THE OUTRAGE THEN?)  A federal judge sided with the House but stayed her ruling until after the presidential election. The Trump White House has not decided what it wants to do about the payments.

But Sen. Lamar Alexander, chairman of the Senate Health, Education, Labor, and Pensions Committee who is spearheading the Senate's efforts to continue the payments alongside Sen. Patty Murray, the top Democrat on the committee, praised the payments.

"State insurance commissioners have warned that abrupt cancellation of cost-sharing subsidies would cause premiums, co-pays and deductibles to increase and more insurance companies to leave the markets in 2018," he said. "Congress now should pass balanced, bipartisan, limited legislation in September that will fund cost-sharing payments for 2018."
Alexander has previously said he wants to reach a bipartisan deal to fund the payments by the end of September. However, it is not clear if there will be enough Republican support, especially as House Republicans want to try again to repeal Obamacare after an effort died in the Senate late last month.

The House Freedom Caucus filed a petition to bring to the House floor a clean repeal of Obamacare that would repeal the law but leave it in place for two years until a replacement is created.


Trump attacks removal of Confederate statues around the country ...

President Trump went on a Thursday tweet storm against the removal of Confederate statues across the country, saying the “history and culture” of the United States is “being ripped apart.”

”Sad to see the history and culture of our great country being ripped apart with the removal of our beautiful statues and monuments,” he wrote in a series of tweets. ”You can’t change history, but you can learn from it. Robert E Lee, Stonewall Jackson – who’s next, Washington, Jefferson? So foolish! “

He continued: ”the beauty that is being taken out of our cities, towns, and parks will be greatly missed and never able to be comparably replaced! ”

The president was met with a torrent of criticism when he spoke out on Tuesday in defense of the white supremacist groups that gathered in Charlottesville, Va., over the weekend for a “Unite the Right” rally.

The groups — including neo-Nazis and the KKK — got into violent clashes with those opposed to them, leading to the death of one woman who was mowed down by a car during the counter-protests.

Trump, at a news conference at Trump Tower, said many of the hate groups were there to protest the removal of a statue of Confederate Gen. Robert E. Lee from a city park and questioned how many more statues and monuments would be removed.

”So, this week it’s Robert E. Lee,” Trump said. “I notice that Stonewall Jackson is coming down. I wonder is it George Washington next week, and is it Thomas Jefferson the week after? You know, you really do have to ask yourself, where does it stop?”

Wednesday, August 16, 2017


Pastor Wants Presidents’ Names Removed From Washington, Jackson Parks Over Ties To Slavery ... perhaps a history of the Democratic Party is in order!
August 16, 2017, 10:13 AM

CHICAGO (CBS) — A Chicago pastor has asked the Emanuel administration to remove the names of two presidents who owned slaves from parks on the South Side, saying the city should not honor slave owners in black communities.

A bronze statue of George Washington on horseback stands at the corner of 51st and King Drive, at the northwest entrance to Washington Park.

Bishop James Dukes, the pastor of Liberation Christian Center, said he wants the statue gone, and he wants George Washington’s name removed from the park.

  • “When I see that, I see a person who fought for the liberties, and I see people that fought for the justice and freedom of white America, because at that moment, we were still chattel slavery, and was three-fifths of humans,” he said. “Some people out here ask me, say ‘Well, you know, he taught his slaves to read.’ That’s almost sad; the equivalent of someone who kidnaps you, that you gave them something to eat.” 
Dukes said, even though Washington was the nation’s first president and led the American army in the Revolutionary War, he’s no hero to the black community.

“There’s no way plausible that we would even think that they would erect a Malcolm X statue in Mount Greenwood, Lincoln Park, or any of that. Not that say Malcolm X was a bad guy; they just would not go for it,” he said. “Native Americans would not even think about putting up a Custer statue, because of the atrocities that he plagued upon Native Americans. And for them to say to us ‘just accept it’ is actually insulting.”

The pastor also said President Andrew Jackson’s name should be removed from nearby Jackson Park because he also was a slave owner. He said he’s not necessarily asking the city rename the parks altogether. He suggested Washington Park could be named after former Mayor Harold Washington, and Jackson Park could be named after civil rights leader Rev. Jesse Jackson or singer Michael Jackson.

Dukes said he’s not trying to erase history. He said black people should be able to decide who is and is not honored in their communities.

“I think we should be able to identify and decide who we declare heroes in our communities because we have to tell the stories to our children of who these persons are,” he said.

He said parks, statues, or other monuments honoring Presidents Washington and Jackson might be appropriate elsewhere, but not in black neighborhoods.

“In an African-American community, it’s a slap in the face and it’s a disgrace for them to honor someone who was a slave owner.

Dukes said he has sent letters to Mayor Rahm Emanuel and the Chicago Park District asking them to change the names of Washington and Jackson parks. He shared the letter on Facebook.

“I am feeling ambivalent that I would have to walk my child, attend a parade or enjoy a game of softball in a park that commemorates the memory of a slave owner,” he wrote. “Therefore, I call for the immediate removal of President George Washington and President Andrew Jackson names from the parks located on the southeast side of Chicago. They should not have the distinct honor of being held as heroes when they actively participated in the slave trade.”

Representatives for the mayor did not immediately respond to requests for comment.

A Chicago Park District spokeswoman pointed to the city’s formal process for renaming parks, which allows anyone to submit a request to the superintendent. The Park District board may vote on any such request after a 45-day public comment period.

Tuesday, August 15, 2017


University of San Francisco to host blacks-only student orientation ... and white only water fountains!

Program will ‘address the specific needs’ of black students ...
The University of San Francisco this week is scheduled to host a segregated orientation dedicated to black students, a program that takes place in addition to its standard welcoming activities for all students.

The Black Student Orientation is slated for Aug. 18, the day prior to the university’s New Student Orientation.

The day-long event–billed as having been “designed by Black students, faculty, and staff to welcome new Black students to the USF Black Experience”–will “address the specific and particular needs of African American/Black students at USF,” according to the school’s website.

The program includes workshops such as “Community Building” and “Creating a 4 Year Plan.”

The College Fix reached out to Kim Harris, assistant director of orientation programs at the private, Catholic institution, to ask if the school provides any other ethnic-based orientation programs.

“Not that I know of,” Harris responded via e-mail. “But we do have a mostly first generation [orientation] program…This group is comprised mostly of students of color.”

Harris told The Fix that the Black Student Orientation is being run by Dr. Ja’Nina Garrett-Walker, an assistant professor in the department of psychology at the university.

The Fix reached out repeatedly to Garrett-Walker for comment regarding the history of the Black Student Orientation, as well as for elaboration on the “specific and particular needs of African American/Black Students at USF.” Garrett-Walker did not respond.

Garrett-Walker has a history of activism at the University of San Francisco. In 2014, she implemented a campus-wide campaign called “Check Your Privilege,” designed to raise awareness of social inequality and privilege.

The campaign defined privilege as “unearned access to social power based on membership in a dominant social group.” Participants were encouraged to sport t-shirts that indicated the attributes that applied to them—with permanent markers, they could check off items such as White, Male, Christian, and Cisgender.

One poster associated with the campaign informed readers: “If you’re confident that the police exist to protect you, you have white male privilege,” while another claimed that the expectation of having holidays off of work denotes “Christian privilege.”

On Garrett-Walker’s website faculty profile, her research area is listed as “identity development for Black lesbian, gay, bisexual, and transgender adolescents and emerging adults.”

Earlier this year, The College Fix reached out to the University of San Francisco for information regarding a “White Privilege Resource Guide” created by the university in the wake of Garrett-Walker’s privilege campaign. Following The Fix‘s inquiry, USF attempted to cover up the identity of the author of the guide.

Monday, August 14, 2017



Sunday, August 13, 2017


China announces maritime nuclear power firm ...

The floating nuclear power plants could better conserve the environment in areas such as the South China Sea, Chinese experts said after the country recently announced the setting up of a maritime nuclear power company in Shanghai.
  • Five companies, including the China National Nuclear Power (CNNP) and Shanghai Electric Power, formed the company in Shanghai to build maritime nuclear facilities, according to a CNNP statement released on Thursday.

The Thursday statement said the company fits into the national strategy of building China into a maritime power and the Belt and Road initiatives and would help promote the civil-military integration of nuclear-powered vessels.

  • The company will develop, build, operate and manage the maritime nuclear power facilities, and produce and sell electricity, heating and desalination devices.
China is expected to build 20 floating nuclear power stations. The floating power station will be able to provide safe and efficient power to remote islands in the South China Sea, and power desalination, the CNNP wrote in an article published on its WeChat social media account in July 2016.
  • "The floating nuclear plants could provide the energy requirements of the islands and reefs in the South China Sea," Chen Xiangmiao, a research fellow at the National Institute for the South China Sea, told the Global Times on Sunday.
Chen noted that there is no need to read too much into China's program of floating nuclear plants.

"The plants will provide environmental protection, weather observation, navigation and oil and gas development," Chen said.
  • "Also, nuclear power is just one option for the islands and reefs. Wind power and solar energy are also being considered," Chen said.
Wang Yiren, deputy director of the State Administration of Science, Technology, and Industry for National Defense and vice chairman of the China Atomic Energy Authority, announced in February that China would develop floating nuclear power stations during the 13th Five-Year Plan (2016-20), and has assembled experts to study how this would be accomplished.