Friday, August 28, 2015


July 17, 2015
Verne Strickland’s career in communications has focused on business, politics, current affairs, agriculture and international trade.

A native North Carolinian, Verne, an active 78 years of age, has honed his media skills through professional experience on the Internet, and in broadcasting, audiovisual productions, newspaper and magazine journalism, public relations and advertising.

Verne was hired in 1966 by Jesse A. Helms, renowned conservative commentator, who later became a prominent U.S. Senator – Chairman of the U.S. Senate Agriculture Committee, then as Chairman of the Senate Foreign Relations Committee.  Helms mentored the young reporter Verne Strickland, and helped to shape his rock-solid conservative philosophy.

Verne left television to join Jesse’s successful 1982-84 re-election campaign, serving as media consultant -- writing and producing radio, television and newspaper political advertisements. He voiced many of Helms’ most effective commercials during that campaign, which are still considered a standard of excellence in both State and National political circles

 A major achievement for Verne was the production in 1983 of ‘KGB: THE LIE AND THE TRUTH’— a 2 ½ television special aired to national audiences in prime time on Turner Broadcasting Service from Atlanta.

Its objective was to educate and inform America of the growing threat to freedom in the world under the domination of the Soviet Union’s feared terror and spying organization, the KGB, which at the time had made alarming incursions into U.S.

Produced under the auspices of Jesse Helms’ Coalition for Freedom, the powerful program generated a flood of viewer mail expressing alarm about the Soviet threat. It also raised considerable money for the Senator’s re-election bid.

As a news broadcaster, Verne anchored programs for sixteen years on WRAL-TV in Raleigh, NC. His voice was heard daily on the NC News Network and Capitol Agribusiness Network. He wrote and produced a number of highly-acclaimed documentary films in English as well as many foreign languages, including Russian, Japanese, Chinese, Korean, German, French, Portuguese and Spanish.

Verne is a 1959 graduate of East Carolina University at Greenville, NC, and recipient of the University’s Outstanding Alumni Award. He also has been presented the Broadcaster of the Year Award by the National Association of Farm Broadcasters.

His career in news and audiovisual production has taken him to over thirty countries, including China, Japan, Taiwan, Egypt, Germany, England, Norway and the USSR. He was the first U.S. journalist to receive the “E” Award for Export Promotion – a Presidential Citation presented by President Richard Nixon.

During his television years he was a popular after-dinner speaker and humorist, entertaining State and National professional and civic organizations.

In 1983 he formed and managed Verne Strickland Communications, a successful multi-media company providing specialized communications and marketing services to leading advertising agencies, agribusiness companies and government agencies.

Now retired in Wilmington, Verne is enjoying free-lance writing, photography and production of his popular Christian conservative political blog USA DOT COM, seen also on Verne Strickland Facebook.

He and his wife, Durrene, have been married for 55 years, and make their home in the Echo Farms community of Wilmington, NC. The Stricklands have three sons and two grandchildren.
They both are long-time registered members of the Republican Party, where they are recognized as loyal conservative activists.

As a young man, Verne won the coveted rank of Eagle Scout, as well as the God and Country Award. He attended the 1953 National Boy Scout Jamboree in California. He was an acolyte, lay reader, and member of the Youth Choir at St. John’s Episcopal Church in Battleboro, NC.

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Sunday, August 23, 2015


Antiabortion activists hold a rally opposing federal funding for Planned Parenthood in front of the US Capitol on July 28 2015 in Washington DC Sen...

By Verne Strickland, August 27, 2015.

The people gathered on Sixteenth and Seventeenth Streets in Wilmington on a sunny Saturday morning would not draw attention at a shopping mall. Or a Little League ball game. Or a church picnic.
Except for one clue. These American moms, college kids and even a grandfather carried homemade signs which proclaimed their dead-serious challenge to Planned Parenthood, a nationwide abortion organization responsible for a staggering number of infant deaths –  “infanticide”,  if you please – across the United States.
One of the protesters was Shannon Tyson, who describes herself as “a mom. It’s my full-time job. Part-time I am a post-partem doulah in the community, so I support families when they bring their babies home.”
Add up the two activities and you are talking about a serious but sunny young lady who is devoted to motherhood and all that goes with it – including  joining with others of like mind to stand on a city thoroughfare and make a public statement to “stop the slaughter” of innocent babies in the mother’s womb. (The “pro-choice” ladies have broadened the rules of the abortion “game”, of course, to the point where babies are born and then killed. And it even gets worse.
Shannon, who lives in Wilmington, told me why she was on hand to join in the protest of the abortion profession’s highly controversial modus operandi.
“This is about a group of concerned citizens hoping to stop the abortion industry and the atrocities that are happening at Planned Parenthood. We are organizing under the national protest of the Planned Parenthood Association.  I just have a heart for this, and God used those awful videos to reignite this fire, and the people here have been enthusiastic and ready to let their voices be heard.  So it was the Lord that got me interested  – having my own son, learning more about the issues through the videos and other information. Like the others here, I hope to accomplish a lot of awareness and reach people who don’t know what’s going on.”
As we talked curbside, many of the autos passing by honked approval of the demonstration. It was impossible to run the gauntlet between the anti-abortion protesters lining both sides of the four-lane thoroughfare without being aware of what was going on.
America has become desensitized to rowdy demonstrations which even implode into riots, shootings and fire-bombings.  So the civil and respectful gatherings which typify these public statements by abortion opponents stand in stark contrast to the often raucous and ugly outbursts which have been described in the headlines over the summer of 2015 where racial divisions provided the incendiary mix.

Planned parenthood: Quick Facts

According to their latest annual report (2013-2014), Planned Parenthood reports that their affiliates performed 327,166 abortions- that's more than 30% of the estimated 1.058 million abortions performed annually in the United States.

Based on Planned Parenthood's most recent annual report, an unborn baby dies every 96 seconds inside a Planned Parenthood clinic.

Planned Parenthood's revenues for 2013-2014 exceeded $1.3 billion. They report that 41% of their income came in the form of "Government Health Services Grants and Reimbursements."

For 20-year-old Isaac Sawyer, who traveled to Wilmington from Sampson County, the motivations were personal and nothing short of gut-wrenching.
“In 1994 when my mom was pregnant with me,” said the lanky, bearded Sawyer, “the doctors said I would be retarded because of downe syndrome.  They encouraged her to have an abortion,  saying  I would be a hazard to my other siblings, and they threatened to call  Child Protective Services to have her other children seized if she didn’t have an abortion.  Mother stood her ground and did not go through with that, and here I am today – perfectly fine, never had any mental problems, top of my class.”
Today the baby marked for death by an abortion doctor just graduated from Sampson Community College with an associates degree in horticulture. He is engaged and working at a wholesale plant nursery near Dunn.  He has become an effective advocate for the unborn.
“It is wrong that one person can end the life of another,” said Isaac. “People have no right to murder others, saying they should have an abortion because the baby might have mental problems. So I want to protect those who can’t speak for themselves.
He said his fiancĂ©e and her family “did a little research” on the Planned Parenthood clinic on Tradd Court in Wilmington.  The abortion center is just blocks from where the demonstrations took place on Seventeenth Street across from New Hanover Regional Medical Center.
Here is some information the Planned Parenthood center at Tradd Court in Wilmington provies about its abortion clinics:

Abortion is a safe and legal way to end pregnancy.

There are two kinds of abortion in the U.S.  in-clinic abortion and the abortion pill.
Abortions are very common. In fact, 3 out of 10 women in the U.S. have an abortion by the time they are 45 years old.
If you are pregnant, you have options. If you are trying to decide if abortion is the right choice for you, you probably have many things to think about. Learning the facts about abortion may help you in making your decision. You may also want to learn more about parenting and adoption.
If you are under 18, your state may require one or both of your parents to give permission for your abortion or be told of your decision prior to the abortion. However, in most states you can ask a judge to excuse you from these requirements. Learn more about parental consent for abortion.

Only you can decide what is best for you. But we are here to help. A staff member at your local Planned Parenthood health center can discuss abortion and all of your options with you and help you find the services you need.

- See more at:


Also at the Wilmington rally to expose Planned Parenthood and its slaughter by abortion was Richard Fimbel.  A veteran of the Viet Nam War, he says, “I have some associated problems, but am doing okay with God’s help.”  He and his wife Mary operate a prominent non-profit organization --  Andrew’s Toy Box --dedicated to providing special packages filled with toys, crafts and books to children with life-threatening or chronic illnesses.  The charity group is affiliated with St. Mark’s Church, and partners with local hospitals and hospice organizations  from its headquarters at 607 Salo St. Wilmington NC.
“I’m here at this right-to-life rally to stand up for the precious unborn babies, because we believe life begins at conception, and should be defended and respected.  We want to increase awareness – so parents will not abort them.”
To this reporter, she said, “We need a million more just like you out here spreading the word. Education and awareness are what drives the public outcry against abortion. The issue is ignored by most of the general news media.”
She observed that 3,000 babies aborted daily in the United States every day – and three are killed by abortion each day in Wilmington.
“It’s an atrocity,” said Mary Fimbrel. “They’re not globs of cells – they’re human beings. What is happening is barbaric.”

Wednesday, August 19, 2015

Beheaded at whim and worked to death: Japan's repugnant treatment of Allied PoWs

Beheaded at whim and worked to death: Japan's repugnant treatment of Allied PoWs

Last updated August 19, 2015

vs: Already the headlines of  the dropping of the atomic bombs on Japan have receded from the news, and from the memories of Americans -- and Japanese? In Japan, much is made each year over the "inhumanity" of the U.S. to have done such a thing. Media in both America and Japan belabor this point. When I came across this story today, I thought it would be useful to balance the record. This should serve that noble purpose. 

The sheer brutality of the battle for the Far East defies imagination. And in a new book, historian Max Hastings argues that Japanese intransigence made it far worse.
Yesterday, he explained why America had to drop the atomic bomb on Hiroshima. Here, in the final part of our exclusive serialisation, he reveals how the West was stunned when it emerged how cruelly their prisoners of war had suffered...
As the men of the victorious British 14th Army advanced through Burma on the road to Mandalay in January 1945 they encountered Japanese savagery towards prisoners.
After a battle, the Berkshires found dead British soldiers beaten, stripped of their boots and suspended by electric flex upside down from trees. This sharpened the battalion's sentiment against their enemy.
Back in Britain it was beginning to emerge that such inhumanity was not confined to the battlefield.
Men who had escaped from Japanese captivity brought tales of brutality so extreme that politicians and officials censored them for fear of the Japanese imposing even more terrible sufferings upon tens of thousands of PoWs who remained in their hands.
The US government suppressed for months the first eyewitness accounts of the 1942 Bataan death march in the Philippines on which so many captured American GIs perished, and news of the beheadings of shot-down aircrew.
In official circles a reluctance persisted to believe the worst. As late as January 1945, a Foreign Office committee concluded that it was only in some outlying areas that there might be ill-treatment by rogue military officers.
A few weeks later, such thinking was discredited as substantial numbers of British and Australian PoWs were freed in Burma and the Philippines.
Their liberators were stunned by stories of starvation and rampant disease; of men worked to death in their thousands, tortured or beheaded for small infractions of discipline.
More than a quarter of Western PoWs lost their lives in Japanese captivity. This represented deprivation and brutality of a kind familiar to Russian and Jewish prisoners of the Nazis in Europe, yet shocking to the American, British and Australian public.
It seemed incomprehensible that a nation with pretensions to civilisation could have defied every principle of humanity and the supposed rules of war.
The overwhelming majority of Allied prisoners were taken during the first months of the Far East war when the Philippines, Dutch East Indies, Hong Kong, Malaya and Burma were overrun.
As disarmed soldiers milled about awaiting their fate in Manila or Singapore, Hong Kong or Rangoon, they contemplated a life behind barbed wire with dismay, but without the terror that their real prospects merited.
They had been conditioned to suppose that surrender was a misfortune that might befall any fighting man.
In the weeks that followed, as their rations shrank, medicines vanished, and Japanese policy was revealed, they learned differently. Dispatched to labour in jungles, torrid plains or mines and quarries, they grew to understand that, in the eyes of their captors, they had become slaves.
They had forfeited all fundamental human respect. A Japanese war reporter described seeing American prisoners - "men of the arrogant nation which sought to treat our motherland with unwarranted contempt.
"As I gaze upon them, I feel as if I am watching dirty water running from the sewers of a nation whose origins were mongrel, and whose pride has been lost. Japanese soldiers look extraordinarily handsome, and I feel very proud to belong to their race."
As prisoners' residual fitness ebbed away, some abandoned hope and acquiesced to a fate that soon overtook them. A feeling of loneliness was a contributory factor in the deaths of many, particularly the younger ones.
The key to survival was adaptability. It was essential to recognise that this new life, however unspeakable, represented reality.
Those who pined for home, who gazed tearfully at photos of loved ones, were doomed. Some men could not bring themselves to stomach unfamiliar, repulsive food. "They preferred to die rather than to eat what they were given," said US airman Doug Idlett.
"The ones who wouldn't eat died pretty early on," said Corporal Paul Reuter. "I buried people who looked much better than me. I never turned down anything that was edible."
Australian Snow Peat saw a maggot an inch long, and said: "Meat, you beauty! You've got to give it a go. Think they're currants in the Christmas pudding. Think they're anything."
But in the shipyards near Osaka, two starving British prisoners ate lard from a great tub used for greasing the slipway. It had been treated with arsenic to repel insects. They died.
Prisoners were bereft of possessions. Mel Rosen owned a loincloth, a bottle and a pot of pepper. Many PoWs boasted only the loincloth. Even where there were razor blades, shaving was unfashionable, shaggy beards the norm.
In the midst of all this, they were occasionally permitted to dispatch cards home, couched in terms that mocked their condition, and phrases usually dictated by their jailers. "Dear Mum & all," wrote Fred Thompson from Java to his family in Essex, "I am very well and hope you are too.
"The Japanese treat us well. My daily work is easy and we are paid. We have plenty of food and much recreation. Goodbye, God bless you, my love to you all."
Thompson expressed reality in the privacy of his diary: "Somehow we keep going. We are all skeletons, just living from day to day. This life just teaches one not to hope or expect anything. My emotions are non-existent."
Prisoner Paul Reuter slept on the top deck of a three-tier bunk in his camp. When disease and vitamin deficiency caused him to go blind for three weeks, no man would change places to enable him to sleep at ground level.
"Some people would steal," he said. "There was a lot of barter, then bitterness about people who reneged on the deals.
"There were only a few fights, but a lot of arguing - about places in line, about who got a spoonful more."
This was a world in which gentleness was neither a virtue that commanded esteem, nor a quality that promoted survival.
Philip Stibbe, in Rangoon Jail, wrote: "We became hardened and even callous. Bets were laid about who would be next to die. Everything possible was done to save the lives of the sick, but it was worse than useless to grieve over the inevitable."
Self-respect was deeply discounted. Every day, prisoners were exposed to their own impotence. Rosen watched Japanese soldiers kick ailing Americans into latrine pits: "You don't know the meaning of frustration until you've had to stand by and take that."
Almost every prisoner afterwards felt ashamed that he had stood passively by while the Japanese beat or killed his comrades. And prisoners hated the necessity to bow to every Japanese, whatever his rank and whatever theirs. No display of deference shielded them from the erratic whims of their masters.
Japanese behaviour vacillated between grotesquery and sadism. Ted Whincup laboured on the notorious Burma railway, a 250-mile track carved through mountain and dense jungle.
The commandant insisted that the prisoners' four-piece band should muster outside the guardroom and play "Hi, ho, hi, ho, it's off to work we go" - the tune from Snow White - each morning as skeletal inmates shambled forth to their labours.
If guards here took a dislike to a prisoner, they killed him with a casual shove into a ravine.
The Japanese seemed especially ill-disposed towards tall men, whom they obliged to bend to receive punishment, usually administered with a cane.
One day Airman Fred Jackson was working on an airfield on the coral island of Ambon when, for no reason, six British officers were paraded in line, and one by one punched to the ground by a Japanese warrant officer.
A trooper of the 3rd Hussars, being beaten by a guard with a rifle, raised an arm to ward off blows and was accused of having struck the man. After several days of beatings, he was tied to a tree and bayoneted to death.
An officer of the Gordons who protested against sick men being forced to work was also tied to a tree, beneath which guards lit a fire and burnt him like some Christian martyr.
Although Labour on the notorious Burma railway represented the worst fate that could befall an Allied PoW, shipment to Japan as a slave labourer also proved fatal to many.
In June 1944, the commandant in Hall Romney's camp announced to the prisoners that their job on the railway was done. They were now going to Japan.
Conditions in the holds of transport ships were always appalling, sometimes fatal. Overlaid on hunger and thirst was the threat of US submarines. The Japanese made no attempt to identify ships carrying PoWs. At least 10,000 perished following Allied attacks.
RAOC wireless mechanic Alf Evans was among 1,500 men on the Kachidoki Maru when she was sunk. Evans jumped into the water and dog-paddled to a small raft to which three other men were already clinging to.
One had two broken legs, another a dislocated thigh. They were all naked, and coated in oil. A Japanese destroyer arrived, and began to pick up survivors - but only Japanese.
Evans paddled to a lifeboat left empty after its occupants were rescued, and climbed aboard, joining two Gordon Highlanders. They hauled in other men, until they were 30 strong.
After three days and nights afloat, they were taken aboard a Japanese submarine-hunter. The captain reviewed the bedraggled figures paraded on his deck, and at first ordered them thrown over the side. Then he changed his mind and administered savage beatings all round.
Eventually the prisoners were transferred-to the hold of a whaling factory ship, in which they completed their journey to Japan. Filthy and almost naked, they were landed on the dockside and marched through the streets, between lines of watching Japanese women, to a cavalry barracks. There they were clothed in sacking and dispatched to work 12-hour shifts in the furnaces of a chemical work.
Many prisoners' feet were so swollen by beriberi that in the desperate cold of a Japanese winter, they could not wear shoes. Even under such blankets as they had, men shivered at night, for there was no heating in their barracks.
At Stephen Abbott's camp when prisoners begged for relief, the commandant said contemptuously: "If you wish to live you must become hardened to cold, as Japanese are. You must teach your men to have strong willpower - like Japanese."
Yet by 1944 the death rate in most Japanese camps had declined steeply from the earlier years. The most vulnerable were gone. Those who remained were frail, often verging on madness, but possessed a brute capacity to endure that kept many alive to the end.
Out of fairness, it should be noted that there were instances in which PoWs were shown kindness, even granted means to survive through Japanese compassion.
In his camp, Doug Idlett told a Japanese interpreter he had beriberi "and the next day he handed me a bottle of Vitamin B. I never saw him again, but I felt that he had contributed to me being alive."
Lt Masaichi Kikuchi, commanding an airfield defence unit in Singapore early in 1945, was allotted a labour force of 300 Indian PoWs. The officer who handed over the men said carelessly: "When you're finished, you can do what you like with them. If I was you, I'd shove them into a tunnel with a few demolition charges."
Kikuchi could do no such thing. When two Indians escaped and were returned after being re-captured, he did not execute them, as he should have done. He thought it unjustified.
The point of such stories is not that they contradict an overarching view of the Japanese as ruthless and sadistic in their treatment of despised captives. It is that, as always in human affairs, the story deserves shading.
There was undoubtedly some maltreatment of German and Japanese PoWs in Allied hands. This is not to suggest moral equivalence, merely that few belligerents in any war can boast unblemished records in the treatment of prisoners, as events in Iraq have recently reminded us.
Since 1945, pleas have been entered in mitigation of what the Japanese did to prisoners in the Second World War. First there was the administrative difficulty of handling unexpectedly large numbers of captives in 1942.
This has some validity. Many armies in modern history have encountered such problems in the chaos of victory, and their prisoners have suffered.
Moreover, food and medical supplies were desperately short in many parts of the Japanese empire. Western prisoners, goes this argument, merely shared privations endured by local civilians and Japanese soldiers.
Such claims might be plausible, but for the fact that prisoners were left starving and neglected even where means were available to alleviate pain. There is no record of PoWs at any time or place being adequately fed.
The Japanese maltreated captives as a matter of policy, not necessity. The casual sadism was so widespread, that it must be considered institutional.
There were so many arbitrary beheadings, clubbings and bayonetings that it is impossible to dismiss these as unauthorised initiatives by individual officers and men.
A people who adopt a code which rejects the concept of mercy towards the weak and afflicted seem to place themselves outside the pale of civilisation. Japanese sometimes justify their inhumanity by suggesting that it was matched by equally callous Allied bombing of civilians.
Japanese moral indignation caused many US aircrew captured in 1944-45 to be treated as "war criminals". Eight B-29 crewmen were killed by un-anaesthetised vivisection carried out in front of medical students at a hospital. Their stomachs, hearts, lungs and brain segments were removed.
Half a century later, one doctor present said: "There was no debate among the doctors about whether to do the operations - that was what made it so strange."
Any society that can indulge such actions has lost its moral compass. War is inherently inhumane, but the Japanese practised extraordinary refinements of inhumanity in the treatment of those thrown upon their mercy. Some of them knew it.
In Stephen Abbott's camp, little old Mr Yogi, the civilian interpreter, told the British officer: "The war has changed the real Japan. We were much as you are before the war - when the army had not control. You must not think our true standards are what you see now."
Yet, unlike Mr Yogi, the new Japan that emerged from the war has proved distressingly reluctant to confront the historic guilt of the old. Its spirit of denial contrasted starkly with the penitence of postwar Germany.
Though successive Japanese prime ministers expressed formal regret for Japan's wartime actions, the country refused to pay reparations to victims, or to acknowledge its record in school history texts.
I embarked upon this history of the war with a determination to view Japanese conduct objectively, thrusting aside nationalistic sentiments. It proved hard to sustain lofty aspirations to detachment in the face of the evidence of systemic Japanese barbarism, displayed against Americans and Europeans but on a vastly wider scale against their fellow Asians.
In modern times, only Hitler's SS has matched militarist Japan in rationalising and institutionalising atrocity. Stalin's Soviet Union never sought to dignify its great killings as the acts of gentlemen, as did Hirohito's nation.
It is easy to perceive why so many Japanese behaved as they did, conditioned as they were. Yet it remains difficult to empathise with those who did such things, especially when Japan still rejects its historic legacy.
Many Japanese today adopt the view that it is time to bury all old grievances - those of Japan's former enemies about the treatment of prisoners and subject peoples, along with those of their own nation about firebombing, Hiroshima and Nagasaki.
"In war, both sides do terrible things," former Lt Hayashi Inoue argued in 2005. "Surely after 60 years, the time has come to stop criticising Japan for things done so long ago."
Wartime Japan was responsible for almost as many deaths in Asia as was Nazi Germany in Europe. Germany has paid almost £3billion to 1.5 million victims of the Hitler era. But Japan goes to extraordinary lengths to escape any admission of responsibility, far less of liability for compensation, towards its wartime victims.
Most modern Japanese do not accept the ill-treatment of subject peoples and prisoners by their forebears, even where supported by overwhelming evidence, and those who do acknowledge it incur the disdain or outright hostility of their fellow-countrymen for doing so.
It is repugnant the way they still seek to excuse, and even to ennoble, the actions of their parents and grandparents, so many of whom forsook humanity in favour of a perversion of honour and an aggressive nationalism which should properly be recalled with shame.
The Japanese nation is guilty of a collective rejection of historical fact. As long as such denial persists, it will remain impossible for the world to believe that Japan has come to terms with the horrors it inflicted.
• Abridged extract from NEMESIS: THE BATTLE FOR JAPAN 1944-45 by Max Hastings, published by HarperPress on October 1 at £25. Max Hastings 2007. To order a copy at £22.50 (p&p free), call 0845 606 4213

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Friday, August 14, 2015



WRAL’s first ENG live shot took place at one of the N.C. State dairy research farms in Raleigh. In 1977, WRAL Farm Reporter Verne Strickland conducted an interview with Chancellor Joab Thomas. Strickland referred to the “remarkable new device” as ActionCam 5. Standing behind the photographer were Jim Goodmon and John Greene for the inaugural event. You can watch video of the first live shot on the CBC History Website.

*** Best we could do in this archival graphic was a static shot. But trust me -- NCSU Chancellor Joab Thomas and I really did talk up a right proper interview. The new technology that was constantly added at TV5 was a thrill to utilize. 

TV/5 was a recognized leader in those olden times, and has not lost first place position since. 

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Monday, August 10, 2015


Provided by Andrew Koeppel
           August 10, 2015

As candidates for president  emerge it is important to know where each stands on issues that are important to AMERICA. The USA cannot afford to make another mistake in electing an anti-American Socialist, someone with a poor track record of public service, or someone who values illegal invaders more than hard-working, loyal Americans and her military. 

Trump, hopefully, is waking some of the RINOs up.  The criticisms of Trump are amazingly​ missing something. They are​ lacking in ​negative stories from those who work for him or have had business dealings with him. After all the employees he’s had and all the business deals he’s made there is a void of criticism. In fact, long term employees call him a strong and merciful leader and say he is far more righteous and of high integrity​ than people may think​.And while it may surprise many, he’s actually humble when it comes to his generosity and kindness. A good example is a story that tells of his limo breaking down on a deserted highway outside of New York City. A middle-aged couple stopped to help him and as a thank you he paid off their mortgage, but he didn’t brag about that. Generous and good people rarely talk of charity they bestow on others.​But as much as all this is interesting, the real thing that people want to know is what Donald Trump’s plan is for America. It’s funny how so many people say they don’t know what it is, or they act like Trump is hiding it. The information is readily available if people would just do a little homework. But, since most Americans won't do their own research, here, in no particular order, is an overview of many of Trumps positions and plans:

1.) Trump believes that America should not intervene militarily in other country’s problems without being compensated for doing so. If America is going to risk the lives of our soldiers and incur the expense of going to war, then the nations we help must be willing to pay for our help. Using the Iraq War as an example, he cites the huge monetary expense to American taxpayers (over $1.5 trillion, and possibly much more depending on what sources are used to determine the cost) in addition to the cost in human life. He suggests that Iraq should have been required to give us enough of their oil to pay for the expenses we incurred. He includes in those expenses the medical costs for our military and $5 million for each family that lost a loved one in the war and $2 million for each family of soldiers who received severe injuries.

2.) Speaking of the military, Trump wants America to have a strong military again. He believes the single most important function of the federal government is national defense. He has said he wants to find the General Patton or General MacArthur that could lead our military buildup back to the strength it needs to be. While he hasn’t said it directly that I know of, Trump’s attitude about America and about winning tells me he’d most likely be quick to eliminate rules of engagement that handicap our military in battle. Clearly Trump is a “win at all costs” kind of guy, and I’m sure that would apply to our national defense and security, too.

3.) Trump wants a strong foreign policy and believes that it must include 7 core principles (which seem to support my comment in the last point):

·         American interests come first.  Always. No apologies.

·         Maximum firepower and military preparedness.

·         Only go to war to win.

·         Stay loyal to your friends and suspicious of your enemies.

·         Keep the technological sword razor sharp.

·         See the unseen. Prepare for threats before they materialize.

·         Respect and support our present and past warriors.

4.) Trump believes that terrorists who are captured should be treated as military combatants, not as criminals like the Obama administration treats them.

5.) Trump makes the point that China’s manipulation of their currency has given them unfair advantage in our trade dealings with them. He says we must tax their imports to offset their currency manipulation, which will cause American companies to be competitive again and drive manufacturing back to America and create jobs here. 

Although he sees China as the biggest offender, he believes that America should protect itself from all foreign efforts to take our jobs and manufacturing. For example, Ford is building a plant in Mexico and Trump suggests that every part or vehicle Ford makes in Mexico be taxed 35% if they want to bring it into the U. S., which would cause companies like Ford to no longer be competitive using their Mexican operations and move manufacturing back to the U. S., once again creating jobs here. 

6.) Trump wants passage of NOPEC legislation (No Oil Producing and Exporting Cartels Act – NOPEC – S.394), which would allow the government to sue OPEC for violating antitrust laws. According to Trump, that would break up the cartel. He also wants to unleash our energy companies to drill domestically (sound like Sarah Palin’s drill baby, drill?) thereby increasing domestic production creating jobs and driving domestic costs of oil and gas down while reducing dependence on foreign oil.

7.) Trump believes a secure border is critical for both security and prosperity in America. He wants to build a wall to stop illegals from entering and put controls on immigration. (And he says he’ll get Mexico to pay for the wall, which many have scoffed at, but given his business successes I wouldn’t put it past him.) He also wants to enforce our immigration laws and provide no path to citizenship for illegals.

8.) Trump wants a radical change to the tax system to not only make it better for average Americans, but also to encourage businesses to stay here and foreign businesses to move here. The resulting influx of money to our nation would do wonders for our economy. He wants to make America the place to do business. He also wants to lower the death tax and the taxes on capital gains and dividends. This would put more than $1.6 trillion back into the economy and help rebuild the 1.5 million jobs we’ve lost to the current tax system. He also wants to charge companies who outsource jobs overseas a 20% tax, but for those willing to move jobs back to America they would not be taxed. And for citizens he has a tax plan that would allow Americans to keep more of what they earn and spark economic growth. He wants to change the personal income tax to:

·         Up to $30,000 taxed at 1%

·         From $30,000 to $100,000 taxed at 5%

·         From $100,000 to $1,000,000 taxed at 10%

·         $1,000,000 and above taxed at 15%

9.) Trump wants Obamacare repealed. He says it’s a “job-killing, health care-destroying monstrosity” that “can’t be reformed, salvaged, or fixed.” He believes in allowing real competition in the health insurance marketplace to allow competition to drive prices down. He also believes in tort reform to get rid of defensive medicine and lower costs.

10.) Trump wants spending reforms in Washington, acknowledging that America spends far more than it receives in revenue.  He has said he believes that if we don’t stop increasing the national debt once it hits $24 trillion it will be impossible to save this country.

11.) Even though he says we need to cut spending, he does not want to harm those on Medicare, Medicaid, or Social Security. He believes that the citizens have faithfully paid in to the system to have these services available and that the American government has an obligation to fulfill its end of the bargain and provide those benefits. Therefore, he wants to build the economy up so that we have the revenue to pay those costs without cutting the benefits to the recipients. He disagrees with Democrats who think raising taxes is the answer and says that when you do that you stifle the economy. On the other hand, when you lower taxes and create an environment to help businesses they will grow, hire more workers, and those new workers will be paying taxes that become more tax revenue for the government.

12.) Trump also wants reform of the welfare state saying that America needs “a safety net, not a hammock.” He believes in a welfare to work program that would help reduce the welfare roles and encourage people to get back to work. And he wants a crackdown on entitlement fraud.

13.) Trump believes climate change is a hoax.

14.) Trump opposes Common Core.

15.) Trump is pro-life, although he allows for an exception due to rape, incest, or the life of the mother.

16.) Trump is pro 2nd Amendment rights.

17.) Trump’s view on same-sex marriage is that marriage is between a man and a woman, but he also believes that this is a states rights issue, not a federal issue.

18.) Trump supports the death penalty. Trump believes that there is a lack of common sense, innovative thinking in Washington (Hmmm… looks like he believes in horse sense!). He says it’s about seeing the unseen and that’s the kind of thinking we need to turn this country around. He tells a personal story to illustrate the point: “When I opened Trump National Golf Club at Rancho Palos Verdes in Los Angeles, I was immediately told that I would need to build a new and costly ballroom. The current ballroom was gorgeous, but it only sat 200 people and we were losing business because people needed a larger space for their events. Building a new ballroom would take years to get approval and permits (since it’s on the Pacific Ocean), and cost about $5 million. I took one look at the ballroom and saw immediately what needed to be done. The problem wasn’t the size of the room, it was the size of the chairs. They were huge, heavy, and unwieldy. We didn’t need a bigger ballroom, we needed smaller chairs! So I had them replaced with high-end, smaller chairs. I then had our people sell the old chairs and got more money for them than the cost of the new chairs. In the end, the ballroom went from seating 200 people to seating 320 people. Our visitors got the space they desired, and I spared everyone the hassle of years of construction and $5 million of expense.  It’s amazing what you can accomplish with a little common sense.    On top of his saving years of construction and $5 million in expenses, he also was able to keep the ballroom open for business during the time it would have been under remodeling, which allowed him to continue to make money on the space instead of losing that revenue during construction time. 

Donald Trump’s entire life has been made up of success and winning. He’s been accused of bankruptcies, but that’s not true.  He’s never filed personal bankruptcy. He’s bought companies and legally used bankruptcy laws to restructure their debt, just as businesses do all the time. But he’s never been bankrupt personally. He’s a fighter that clearly loves America and would fight for our nation.  Earlier I quoted Trump saying, “I love America. And when you love something, you protect it passionately – fiercely, even.”   We never hear that from Democrats or even from most Republicans.  Donald Trump is saying things that desperately need to be said but no other candidate has shown the fortitude to stand up and say them.  Looking over this list of what he wants for America I see a very necessary set of goals that are long past due. Before we criticize someone because the media does, maybe we should seriously consider what he has to offer. 


Thursday, August 6, 2015

Obama Deal on Shaky Ground -- Netanyahu Convinced It Will "Lead to War".

Dale Dutcher    August 6, 2015
Many political figures and pundits in Washington, D.C. are predicting and preparing for World War Three (WWIII) to quickly erupt in the Middle East due to preemptive nuclear strikes.
Even though Barack Obama has made a “peace deal” with Iran, leaders in the region sure are talking a lot about war.
The Obama “deal” is on very shaky ground.
Dale Dutcher's photo.The Israelis hate it, a significant portion of the U.S. Congress hates it, and the Iranians have already been accused of breaking the agreement.
The odds of this “deal” holding up over the long term appear to be somewhere between slim and none.
But even if this deal does survive, that does not mean that everything will be okay in the Middle East.
In fact, Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu is convinced that Obama’s deal with Iran will actually “lead to war”…
The world powers’ nuclear deal with Iran will lead to war and a “nightmare” regional nuclear arms race, Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu warned in an online address to American and Canadian Jews on Tuesday evening.
Netanyahu, who has been seeking to sway US lawmakers to thwart the agreement, accused the deal’s supporters in the Obama administration of spreading “disinformation about the deal and about Israel’s position” in its bid to rally support.
He pointed out a series of “fatal flaws” in the deal, and asserted that it “doesn’t block Iran’s path to bomb,” but rather “paves” its path to the bomb.
Over and over, Netanyahu has been adamant about the fact that his government will never allow Iran to get a nuclear weapon.
If Obama’s “peace deal” ever had a prayer of bringing peace to the Middle East, it had to convince the Israeli government that Iran’s pursuit of nuclear weapons had been completely stopped.
On that point, Obama failed miserably.
This is something that I discussed extensively in my recent piece entitled “Why Israel Is Going To Bomb Iran“.
But even though this deal will not bring peace between Iran and Israel, John Kerry says that the U.S. Congress has to go along with it otherwise the ayatollah will believe that we are “screwing” him…
The ayatollah constantly believed that we are untrustworthy, that you can’t negotiate with us, that we will screw them.
This will be the ultimate screwing. We cut a deal, we stand up, it’s announced, five other countries believe in it—six other countries, because Iran signs off, and we’re the seventh—but you know, China, Russia, France, Germany, Britain, all sign off.

Now the United States Congress will prove the ayatollah’s suspicion, and there’s no way he’s ever coming back. He will not come back to negotiate. Out of dignity, out of a suspicion that you can’t trust America.America is not going to negotiate in good faith.

John Kerry is not the only one talking like this. Barack Obama says that if Congress does not go along with this deal that it will mean that the U.S. will eventually be forced to conduct a military strike against Iran…

If the US Congress shoots down the Iranian nuclear deal,America will eventually be pressured into a military strike against Tehran’s nuclear facilities, which will in turn increase terror against Israel, US President Barack Obama told Jewish leaders Tuesday, a source who was present at the meeting said.

Obama went on to say that the Iranian response to such an attack would result in missiles raining down on Tel Aviv…
“They will fight this asymmetrically.
That means more support for terrorism, more Hezbollah rockets falling on Tel Aviv,” Rosenbaum quoted Obama as saying.
“I can assure that Israel will bear the brunt of the asymmetrical response that Iran will have to a military strike on its nuclear facilities.”
President Obama may actually be correct on this point.
When Iranian nuclear facilities get hit, Iran and Hezbollah will respond by launching missiles at major Jewish cities.
Iran is also warning about imminent war in the region…
Akbar Hashemi Rafsanjani, the chairman of Iran’s powerful Expediency Council, warned in comments that the “outbreak of World War III” is coming in the near future, according to a report by Iran’s Fars News Agency.
“The threat of the outbreak of the third world war by the terrorists is serious,” Rafsanjani was quoted as saying in a meeting with Italian Foreign Minister Paolo Gentiloni, who was in Tehran this week for a meeting with Iranian officials.
Rafsanjani blamed the United States and NATO for fostering the conditions that will lead to World War III.
“The U.S. and the NATO had invaded Afghanistan to uproot terrorism and narcotics, but we saw that terrorism expanded in the form of the ISIL, Boko Haram and Al-Nusra Front to remote parts of the world from Al-Qaeda and Taliban in Pakistan and Afghanistan,” he was quoted as saying.
Rafsanjani went on to demand that the United States and other Western countries “stop their support for the terrorist groups” in the region.
And of course the Iranians have never even pretended to abandon their ultimate goal: the destruction of the Jewish state and the liberation of Jerusalem.
According to the New York Post, Iran’s supreme leader has just put out a 416 page book all about this…
While Secretary of State John Kerry and President Obama do their best to paper over the brutality of the Iranian regime and force through a nuclear agreement, Iran’s religious leader has another issue on his mind:
The total annihilation of people and the complete destruction of assets and infrastructure in Israel.
Ayatollah Ali Khamenei has published a new book called “Palestine,” a 416-page screed against the Jewish state.
A blurb on the back cover credits Khamenei as “The flagbearer of Jihad to liberate Jerusalem.”
Let us hope that it is delayed for as long as possible, but without a doubt a major war is coming to the Middle East.
It will be a war unlike anything that we have ever seen in the Middle East before, and vast numbers of people will die.
If Barack Obama was trying to prevent this, then he has failed miserably.
But if he was trying to set the stage for such a war, then he has accomplished his mission.