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Oath Keepers Defend Miners Against Bureau of Land Management

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Eerily reminiscent of the Cliven Bundy Ranch stand-off,  the Bureau of Land Management has gotten the attention of the Oath Keepers who are now encamped at a gold mine near Merlin, Oregon.

A land dispute is creating tension between miners in Josephine County and the Bureau of Land Management. The owners of the mines say they are afraid their rights to due process will not be respected and have now called in reinforcements.

The Oath Keepers of Josephine County are gathering at a piece of property near Merlin. They’re in the process of setting up a staging area, in order to step in if they are needed by the Sugar Pine miners.

The dispute centers around the validity of the miner’s grandfathered surface rights.

The owners called them in to help protect the property that they have mined for more than 100 years. The miners say documents they have grandfathered-in their surface rights to the property.

But the BLM says the documents are outdated, and at some point, the property has changed hands which cancels out the grandfather process.

While the BLM promises a fair process before any action is taken, there is decidedly less faith in the Federal Government than in decades past.

Questions Arise from Unexpected Wal-Mart Closures

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walmartCustomers and employees are skeptical of Wal-Mart’s claim that “plumbing” is the reason for suddenly shutting down five stores for several months.

In addition to the Tulsa location, supercenters in Brandon, FloridaPico Rivera, CaliforniaMidland, Texas and Livingston, Texas, were all closed Monday, with only hours of notice given to employees.

While the company is citing plumbing issues, posts across the internet guess that the closures are due to everything from shoplifting losses to recent employee walk-outs over pay to preparation for FEMA camps.

Isis Camp Near El Paso, Tx is not New News

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Today, Judicial Watch reported that it had confirmed that ISIS has a training camp just on the other side of the border from El Paso, TX:

ISIS is operating a camp just a few miles from El Paso, Texas, according to Judicial Watch sources that include a Mexican Army field grade officer and a Mexican Federal Police Inspector.

While the news is important, it’s not new. Here’s a Fox News report from September, 2014 that seems to mention the same thing (information starts at 2:44).

Some are downplaying the reports today as old news – but it’s not the reporting of the camp that is key – it’s the fact that Judicial Watch found independent confirmation of the camp’s existence.

The report does vaguely detail a joint U.S. – Mexico operation on the camp:

During the course of a joint operation last week, Mexican Army and federal law enforcement officials discovered documents in Arabic and Urdu, as well as “plans” of Fort Bliss – the sprawling military installation that houses the US Army’s 1st Armored Division. Muslim prayer rugs were recovered with the documents during the operation.

The finding of items, but no talk of anyone being detained would seem to leave only two possibilities: either the ISIS folks were gone when the operation hit, or they’ve been dealt with in-secret by the governments of the United States and Mexico.

Rendition, catch-and-release or a missed opportunity?

Judicial Watch has also noted that the FBI put together some meetings to try and deal with the leak that broke the ISIS camp story. Some key folks seem to be missing:

A high-level intelligence source, who must remain anonymous for safety reasons, confirmed that the meeting was convened specifically to address a press strategy to deny Judicial Watch’s accurate reporting and identify who is providing information to JW. FBI supervisory personnel met with Mexican Army officers and Mexican Federal Police officials, according to JW’s intelligence source. The FBI liaison officers regularly assigned to Mexico were not present at the meeting and conspicuously absent were representatives from the Department of Homeland Security (DHS). It’s not clear why DHS did not participate.

Lethal Bird Flu Continues Spread Through U.S. Commercial Chicken Flocks

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poutry-farmThe H5N2 “Bird Flu” has now infected its first commercial chicken flock in Wisconsin – the 11th U.S. state to be hit by the lethal disease.

H5N2 can kill an entire flock as quickly as 48 hours. No chickens or eggs from the infected facility will enter the food stream.

As H5N2 spreads to more farms across America, foreign nations are restricting imports of U.S. eggs and poultry.

 

Hillary and the Terrible, Horrible, No Good, Very Bad Day

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hillary-clinton-pantsuit-fashionThe Coronation of the presumptive Democrat party nominee began today when Hillary Clinton announced that she was running to become the next President of the United States.

The campaigns first press release made some startling revelations about Mrs. Clinton:

From her mother’s own childhood – in which she was abandoned by her parents – to her work going door-to-door for the Children’s Defense Fund to her battling to create the Children’s Health Insurance Program, she’s fought children and families all her career.

While many on the right would agree with the final sentence, the obvious typo wasn’t likely how the former first lady wanted to launch her follow-up to a poorly-run 2008 campaign.

Her launch video was full of everyday people explaining why they want, or rather, they need Hillary Rodham Clinton to be their President. In fact, the video tells Americans that Hillary is going to be their savior and that “Everyday Americans need a champion” and that Hillary wants “to be that champion.”

Whether or not everyday Americans want Hillary as their champion is yet to be seen. Certainly, most Americans aren’t worth between $5 and $25 million dollars like the Clintons according to Hillary’s own financial disclosure report from when she left the State Department in 2013.

As if things couldn’t go more wrong, the Youtube.com video link posted on HillaryClinton.com this morning pointed to .. an unavailable channel.

Now it appears that Hillary is taking a road trip, in a van… ok, not down by the river, but still .. a van – to Iowa. I am fairly certain that most other multi-millionaires don’t travel state-to-state in vans – unless they are trying not to look like multi-millionaires.

Near Hillary’s New York City Headquarters, posters began appearing all mocking Clinton’s campaign efforts to shush certain words in reference to the certain nominee for President.

With all the baggage the former Secretary of State has hanging on her already, near perfection was expected to be the order of the day. It was not.

hillary_what_differenceThe Clintons have always thrived on scandal so these small issues are petty in contrast with Benghazi, EmailGate, the Clinton Foundation taking money from foreign governments while she was Secretary of State and .. well whatever else. But considering her near-automatic nomination, at this point, what difference does it make?

Official campaign videos are so blase, so let’s see how NBC late night envisioned the Queen’s announcement.

The Coronation of Queen Hillary to Begin Sunday

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The people have been so informed that the future Queen of America will announce her path to succession this Sunday.

Ah, the beautiful ceremony a royal crowning is to behold.

It is the pomp: props, decorations, music and the plumage – all so that the little people can rejoice in the coronation of their next Queen – Her majesty, Queen Hillary – direct heir to the throne of His Majesty, King Barack. The announcement cements the pre-determined succession of one royal leader to the next and begins the 18 month long journey the successor must take on her journey to become America’s next monarch.

The Republican candidates headed into the 2016 primary are many and varied, but the Democrat leadership chooses its candidates for their consituents – do they not believe that the common folk can choose the best candidate for the general election on their own?

The DNC will likely push some ill-fated, no-chance alternative to Hillary like V.P. Joe Biden,  Sen. Bernie Saders or Gov. Martin O’Malley just to show that the chosen one had earned her crown by battling it out against serious competition… or something.

The Republicans will have a cadre of suitors battling it out in debates and the media ensuring that the survivor emerges with blood, egg and stench on them while our future Queen steps forward unblemished and victorious having won against a clearly inferior challenger.

Her Majesty’s campaign has a set of guiding principles. Every guideline seems to scream “we know we’re going to get the nomination, but we just can’t act like it.” According to Fox News, the memo states the following:

“We Are Hillary For America.”

to give every family, every small business, and every American a path to lasting prosperity by electing Hillary Clinton the next President of the United States.”

“This campaign is not about Hillary Clinton and not about us — it’s about the everyday Americans who are trying to build a better life for themselves and their families,” the memo says

The memo concludes with a series of guiding principles that include:

“We are disciplined: driven every day by strategy, not tactics or one offs. We know there will be tough days, but we will bounce back and get back to work. We take risks, always measuring with empirical data to establish best practices.”

“We are humble: we take nothing for granted, we are never afraid to lose, we always out-compete and fight for every vote we can win. We know this campaign will be won on the ground, in states.”

“We are responsible: we always remember and appreciate the generosity of millions of people who invest their time and resources in Hillary Clinton and in us.”

It ends by telling recipients: “We are guided by Hillary’s bedrock values of hard work, service, fairness, and faith in the American Dream.”

The people certainly wish to understand this Royal Proclamation so we attempt some clarity:

Queen Hillary seeks to “give every family, every small business, and every American a path to lasting prosperity.”

Do most Americans look to their leadership to show them how they should make a living?

Americans used to expect the government to simply defend them, regulate inter-state trade, deal with foreign trade and resolve inter-state disagreements. Assuming that Americans want their leader to “give” them the path to prosperity assumes that the people are unable to make it on their own.

In return, Her Majesty only asks that Americans give her the crown that she so believes is rightly hers.

Use Gmail, Google Search or Android – You may be supporting progressive Democrats

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The Daily Mail is reporting that Google has been aligned closely to Obama and Hillary and their ties are deepening.

Google executives and employees donated more than $1.6 million to Obama’s two White House campaigns, and the online search giant parachuted top talent into both.

One result has been a coziness with the U.S. government’s executive branch that few other companies can match – marked by access for lobbyists, mentions in nearly half of Obama’s State of the Union addresses, and a personnel feeder trough serving the White House with new senior hires.

But why should the average American worry? Why does this impact them? Think about search results.

Google itself was accused publicly of favoring Obama’s 2012 re-election campaign in a more visible way.

Customized search results would appear when users typed ‘Obama’ into a search window, but entering ‘Romney’ yielded no such help.

Americans turn to the internet for news and information. Having the monopolistic search engine of the day favor one candidate over the other, whether intentional or not, requires more scrutiny. If you google Hillary and get all favorable results while searching Rand Paul, Marco Rubio, etc renders unflattering political ad videos, a less-informed voter could be unfairly swayed.

Google is entrenched in the daily lives of millions of Americans. Thinking that it is an unbiased, fair arbiter of political information is necessary to trusting the results and information provided. Unfortunately, Google seems focused on gaining the favor or prominent Democrat politicians.

Employees of the Silicon Valley behemoth have been in the White House more than 230 times since Obama took office – approximately once per week. At least 190 of those meetings were with senior officials.

More than 60 featured Google lobbyist Johanna Shelton.

Overall, according to The Wall Street Journal, Google spent $16.8 million on lobbying last year. That’s four times the amount spent by Apple, whose market capitalization is twice as big.

Now, a Google executive is taking the role of technology chief for Hillary Clinton’s 2016 run for President. How could that indicate any favoritism at all? If no favor is curried, why would Hillary be seeking such additions to her team?

Google has escaped litigation and managed placement of executives in key Democrat operative positions. While the legalities and ethics are to be questioned, Americans may make decisions on which search engine or cell phone operating system they use on their own.

Liberals scream about crony capitalism when it does not benefit them – their voices are eerily silent on Google’s White House access and the benefits the tech giant seems to be receiving.

The large contributions of the company to progressive politicians means that American’s purchases and use of Google assets appears to lead to indirect support of far left Democrats.

EYEWITNESS TO HISTORY: Veteran Reporter Judy Woodruff Remembers the Day President Reagan was Shot

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Thirty-four years ago today, President Ronald Reagan was shot and several other were wounded in an assassination attempt. Today on her Twitter account, veteran reporter, Judy Woodruff, used new media to relay her first-person narrative of that chaotic and fateful day in her life and American history:

Six .22 caliber bullets were fired at President Reagan and three others in his entourage. “White House Press Secretary James Brady was shot in the head and critically wounded, Secret Service agent Timothy McCarthy was shot in the side, and District of Columbia policeman Thomas Delahaney was shot in the neck.”

“[T]he case of Jim Brady, shot in the head and the most grievously wounded that day,… began in confusion almost immediately with the erroneous report of his death, and has continued through subsequent months to be misunderstood by a public for whom the mysteries of the brain and its functions defy easy explanations.”

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Remember pay phones?

“The president was shot in the left lung, and the .22 caliber bullet just missed his heart. In an impressive feat for a 70-year-old man with a collapsed lung, he walked into George Washington University Hospital under his own power. As he was treated and prepared for surgery, he was in good spirits and quipped to his wife, Nancy, ”Honey, I forgot to duck,” and to his surgeons, “Please tell me you’re Republicans.” Reagan’s surgery lasted two hours, and he was listed in stable and good condition afterward.”

It was later learned the emotionally disturbed Hinckley shot President Reagan in a deranged attempt to impress actress Jodie Foster.

Read more at: TRS

GOP: We ‘Strenuously Object’ to Obama’s Executive Action on Global Warming

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As the Obama administration goes forth with its executive actions to implement unaffordable and likely ineffective regulations on carbon emissions, Republican leaders object, no, they “strenuously object.”

Republicans, led by Senate Majority Leader Mitch McConnell (R-KY), today issued their firm objection to Obama’s implementation of economy-changing climate rules. McConnell and other GOP leaders told other nations to “proceed with caution” in making agreements based on President Obama’s actions as they may all be undone by a future administration or judicial actions.

Obama has announced his plan to have the EPA issue strict rules on power plants and vehicles that promise to reduce carbon dioxide emissions by 28% over the next 10 years.

Global warming sympathizers in the U.S. don’t believe that Obama’s unilateral actions can be easily undone. “The Clean Air Act has proven to be quite durable.” said David Waskow, director of international initiatives for the World Resources Institute. “While elements may be slowed or modified by legal challenges, they are rarely overturned.”

The Republican warning may make other nations a bit nervous about coming to the table, but will not halt the enormous regulations that the White House intends to enact. By the time a new President is elected, power generators and automobile manufacturers will likely have already undertaken multi-billion dollar projects to meet the regulatory demands. The costs will already be in and undoing the regulations will be largely symbolic, if they happen at all.

Toyota_Prius_CUltimately, companies don’t actually pay for anything. Customers do. It will become much more expensive to produce electricity – ergo, electricity will cost much more to consume and cars meeting the 54+ mpg regulation will cost much more and likely be mainly hybrid/electric in nature. Automobile prices will be unaffordable for most Americans and the vehicles will be likely be little more than hatchbacks with an extension cord (Prius, Volt, etc.)

While the Republicans make their public objections on everything from immigration to Obamacare, executive overreach to energy regulations – their inaction and inability to reverse White House actions speaks louder. But this time, your honor, they “strenuously object.”

Alpine Crash Pilot Was Locked Out of Cockpit

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Germanwings-Airbus-A320While facts and theories are appearing by the minute, the cockpit voice recorder from the Germanwings crash now indicates that one of the pilots got locked out of the cockpit.

Officials describe cockpit conversations and radio transmissions as calm, cool and collected during the first part of the flight, but prior to the crash, the cockpit voice recorder indicated that one of the pilots left the cockpit and could not get back in.

What seems oddly like planned action leaves the guy outside “knocking lightly on the door and there is no answer. And then he hits the door stronger and no answer. There is never an answer.”

At one point, the recorder shows that the locked-out pilot is clearly “trying to smash the door down.”

The plane also exhibited a non-crash and non-approach-to-landing descent rate. A plane nosediving to the earth loses altitude at over 8,000 feet per second. A standard descent to landing is 1500-2000 feet per second. The Germanwings plane descended at 3400 feet per second. A rushed, somewhat deliberate-looking descent that would put the plane at its final resting place.

150 passengers and crew died on the flight and, so far, all that is known is that one pilot left the cockpit and the other pilot was either unable or unwilling to let him back in while the aircraft made a controlled descent into an Alpine mountainside.

The unknowns are significant too:

  • why was their was no declaration of an emergency, trouble or even a mention of a technical issue prior to the start of the descent
  • how long was the other pilot was out of the cockpit before returning
  • How long was the locked-out pilot gone before the plane started the unplanned descent
  • The identity of the in-cockpit pilot may be critical to understanding what happened
  • Why did the plane neither nosedive nor followe normal glidepath for approach-to-landing

The crash is a tragedy for sure with 150 lives lost, but the information being released is raising more questions than it answers.

Netanyahu Wins!!!Obama Chagrins!!!

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Netanyahu won in a landslide election after Obama’s best efforts to unseat him using our taxpayer funded dollars. This is unprecedented. Never in our history has a sitting president interfered so much in another country’s election in an effort to unseat him with all his hacks and aides on the ground there. To make matters worse Obama did not even bother to call Bibi to congratulate him instead giving the lame excuse he was busy in Cleveland talking about the economy and putting together a coalition. Nancy Pelosi didn’t bother to call and neither did several other important dignitaries in Obama’s administration which would have been the classy thing to do. Only Kerry called to congratulate him.

Prime Minister of England David Cameron called Bibi and showed real class in his call congratulating him. Obama has more contempt for Netanyahu than he has for North Korea, Syria and  Iran.  He called Putin when he won, he called Morsi, the head of the Muslim Brotherhood in Egypt who called the Isrealis descendants of apes and pigs, when he won and called the heads of Saudi Arabia and Iran when they won, but not Netanyahu. He has more ability to work with dictators than people who run democratically. He reaches out to people like Al Sharpton, the Muslim Brotherhood and C.A.R.E. This should tell all who voted for him where his true allegiance lies.

Obama is petulant, arrogant and refuses to say radical Islam or radical terrorism. Bibi is straight forward, courageous, has moral clarity and recognizes evil in our time. He warns people the dangers of Iran or any other country of getting the bomb. Obama’s Iran deal allows Iran to get the bomb in ten years when he’s no longer in office. The Iran deal also says if Iran accepts then the U.S. will take HAMAS and Hezbollah off the terror watch list. WHAT??????

 Obama’s chief of staff will give a speech to a major advocacy group that opposes Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu.

White House chief of staff Denis McDonough’s address to the J Street group indicates that the administration will seek to strengthen voices that challenge Netanyahu. After his victory in Israel’s elections this week, the White House said it had to reassess its approach considering Netanyahu’s hard veer to the right in the campaign.

J Street is an Israel advocacy group that often criticizes the Israeli government – and especially Netanyahu. The group calls Netanyahu’s election victory a “deep disappointment” and accuses him of winning by shredding U.S. bipartisanship on Israel and “preying on fear and racism at home.”

I saw on FOX last night that Obama finally called Netanyahu to congratulate him. Isn’t  that like the proverbial closing the barn door after the horses are in?  He only did this after half the world criticized him for not doing so.Of course he will come up with his flimsy excuse that he was busy speaking in Cleveland. He also assured Bibi of our close ties with Isreal. There he goes again saying the opposite of what he really means.  What a fake,fraud and phony.   

 

Obama called for his idea of mandatory voting (like in North Korea) “transformative.”There’s that word used by him again. He said he would transform America and this is part of it. He said mandatory voting would change the map of the country. He’s just royally PO’ed that his party lost in the mid-term elections because not enough voters came out. What’s he going to do?Arrest you for not voting? Not voting is a choice too. This administration and libs are only pro-choice when it suits their needs. Like one comment I recently saw said, “Like his fellow muslim brothers, this pathetic excuse for a U.S. president will stop at nothing, even if he shows us once again how petty he is.”

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Most Transparent Administration Ever Removes Transparency Regulations on .. Itself

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obama_evilThe Obama Administration is deleting a regulation that subjects the White House Office of Administration to the Freedom of Information Act.

Obama no longer wishes that the White House Office of Administration be subjected to public or media  scrutiny. By shielding that office from FOIA requests, the President is closing the door that many media agencies (including this one) rely on to expose their activities to the light of day.

According the White House website, the Office of Administration performs these activities:

The question every American should be asking (while they are still allowed to) is WHY?

Right to Work States Have Healthier Economies

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This week Wisconsin became the 25th state in the union to pass and sign into law so-called “right to work” legislation. Despite the pejorative light oftentimes associated with right to Work (RTW) laws, in reality all they do is proscribe the requirement that a worker join or pay dues to a union as a qualification for employment.

2015-Right-To-Work-States-Map-updated Unions often view laws removing compulsory union membership for work in the private sector as “anti-union,” while advocates of right to work laws maintain it’s a matter of personal liberty and economic freedom. They argue that workers in given trades or industries should have the option to choose whether to join a union or not. Arguably, if a union is doing a good job representing the interests of its members, it should not be threatened by the freedom to choose, as the benefits of union membership would be self-evident.

Even some union leadership supports such a sentiment. Gary Casteel, the Southern region director for the United Auto Workers, explains, “This is something I’ve never understood, that people think right to work hurts unions. To me, it helps them. You don’t have to belong if you don’t want to. So if I go to an organizing drive, I can tell these workers, ‘If you don’t like this arrangement, you don’t have to belong.’ Versus, ‘If we get 50 percent of you, then all of you have to belong, whether you like to or not.’ I don’t even like the way that sounds, because it’s a voluntary system, and if you don’t think the system’s earning its keep, then you don’t have to pay.”

right_to_work_1One cannot be a student of history without recognizing the tremendous contributions unions made to the emergence of the middle class in early to mid 20th century America. They significantly improved working conditions, workweek hours, and compensation levels.

In today’s highly competitive economy, their focus seems to have changed, as they seem to be primarily political entities today, with compulsory union dues used mostly for amassing power in the political arena, and spent on candidates and causes that some members may object to. Even Bob Chanin, former top lawyer for the National Education Association, admitted that in his farewell speech a few years ago. “It’s not about the kids…it’s about power,” he said.

hohmanRTW-chart2According to Department of Labor statistics, only about 7% of America’s private sector workforce is unionized. In post World War II era, it was nearly 40%. The trend is reversed for public employees, where 60 years ago the unionized segment of the public employees workforce was less than 10%, while it currently is nearly 37%. Logic leads one to surmise that maybe all those “evil corporations” have gotten it right, and are providing pay and benefits at a level that employees are satisfied with. While the same logic might lead us to believe that, following those trends, it is “evil government” that is taking advantage of employees and must be represented by collective bargaining.

Average wages do tend to be slightly lower in right to work states, as reported by The Wall Street Journal last year. But the differences may be attributable to other factors. As the Journal explained, “Many economists say when differences in cost of living are taken into account, wages are roughly the same—or even higher—in right-to-work states.” When looking at a map of non-right to work states, geographical and cost of living factors seem to affirm that distinction.

GDP Growth Rate Strongest In Right To Work States

GDP Growth Rate Strongest In Right To Work States

Last year the National Institute for Labor Relations released a detailed study of right to work vs. non-right to work states. The research was based upon data from the Bureau of Labor Statistics, United States Census Bureau, United States Patent and Research Office and Bureau of Economic Analysis. Five economic factors were analyzed in right to work and non-right to work states in the Midwest, with the following statistical conclusions:

Job growth is twice as strong in RTW states. The percentage growth of non-farm private sector jobs (1995-2005)
in right to work states was 12.9%
while non-right to work states came in at 6.0%.

Perhaps surprising to some, poverty is actually higher in non-right to work states. Average poverty rate, adjusted for cost of living was 8.5% in RTW states, and 10.1% in non-right to work states. This may likewise have more to do with geography and cost of living factors, however.

New company and new product growth is significantly greater in RTW states. During that same period, annual percentage growth in patents granted was 33% in RTW states, and only 11% in non-right to work states.

500px-RTWmapcompleteIncome growth rates are higher in RTW states as well. The percentage growth in real personal income was 26.0%
in RTW states, while non-right to work states grew at 19.0%.

Even health insurance coverage in RTW states fared better. Note that this data was gathered before implementation of Obamacare. The percentage growth in number of people covered by employment based private health insurance was 8.5% for RTW states, and 0.7%
for non-right to work states.

Consequently, based on National Institute for Labor Relations research, right to work states create more private sector jobs, enjoy lower poverty rates, experience more technology development, realize more personal income growth, and increase the number of people covered by employment-based private health insurance. Clearly when looking at the big picture, the economy of a state is more likely to be more robust when the workforce has the freedom to choose.

Associated Press award winning columnist Richard Larsen is President of Larsen Financial, a brokerage and financial planning firm in Pocatello, Idaho and is a graduate of Idaho State University with degrees in Political Science and History and coursework completed toward a Master’s in Public Administration. He can be reached at [email protected].

Duty to Country Is Deadly Business

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I awoke to the news that 7 Marines and 4 Army soldiers went missing, all presumed dead, after a special operations training mission helicopter crashed not far from where I live; not far from the pristine beach where I took the picture that sits atop my Facebook page. It is a sober reminder that those who volunteer to place themselves in harm’s way; between the evil and the innocent, face dangers even as they train to protect the nation they serve and the innocent they swear to protect.

ABC’s WEAR Channel 3 in Pensacola reports:

“Seven Marines and four soldiers went missing early Wednesday after an Army helicopter crashed during a night training exercise at Eglin Air Force Base in Navarre.

“Defense officials say the military members aboard the aircraft are presumed dead. Heavy fog is having an impact on recovery efforts. Human remains have washed up on shore but the number of remains has not be released at this time. This is still considered a search and rescue mission…Pentagon officials say the heavy fog played a role in the crash.”

In a time when the chattering class demands that we debate the ideological genesis of the deadly threat to our nation – and Western Civilization – emanating from the Middle East, it would well serve our nation’s collective soul to personalize not only the seriousness of the threat, but the guardians of our nation; the rough and ready men and women who step into the coarse void between the way of life afforded us by the American dream and the oppression and cruelty many around the world would love to inflict upon us.

When we have the courage to confront and accept the truth, it is undeniable that there are vicious zealots committing atrocities; crimes against humanity, in the name of Islam. Yet, some among us in the West; some whose ideological addictions force them to see everything through a morally relativistic lens, seek to designate our nation as one of many among equals; our military personnel as simple countermeasures to enemies who have equal claim to ideological and moral legitimacy. But this stunted line of thinking couldn’t be further from the truth and, in fact, serves as a smear against the brave men and women of the US Armed Forces; our sentinels who stand between “the barbarians and the gate.” I know this to be true because my wife and I live among them; we know them and love them like family.

Our enemies, those who willingly join the ranks of Daesh (the Islamic State, al Qaeda, Boko Haram, al Shabab, etc.), execute barbaric acts of tyranny in the name of their religion, committing unspeakable acts of ferocious cruelty in an effort to either convert the un-Islamic or cleanse the earth of those who refuse their dictate, all in an aggressive pursuit of global domination.

The men and women of the United States Armed Forces, in extreme contrast, step into the ugly void of a no-man’s land where the weak and oppressed suffer at the hands of tyrants; a land where the cowardly fear to tread. They inject themselves into situations to free the oppressed, to preserve the liberty of the innocent and to vanquish the tyrannical. And as they do they carry with them the moral clarity that understands “good versus evil”; “right verses wrong”; “duty, honor, country,” lessons gleaned from the righteousness of the American dream, not the ideological clap-trap of theorists hell-bent on believing in the impossibility of global utopia, or the manipulation of political creatures questing for power, influence and fame.

Our military men and women are sons and daughters, fathers and mothers. They are neighbors. They go to the store for food, fill-up their cars with gas, help their children with their school work, laugh, and cry, just like those who do not serve. They cut their grass, take out their garbage, pay their taxes and they socialize. They live, laugh and love. But sometimes when they kiss their spouses goodbye; sometimes when they kiss their children good night; sometimes when they promise to be back in a few days, sometimes those kisses have finality and those promises to return are broken, not of their own commission, but because their call to duty, their call to serve, sent them on a path that does not return home.

So it is with the 7 Marines and 4 US Army soldiers who kissed their loved ones goodbye with every intention of returning. So it is with many military families who have made the ultimate sacrifice.

A close friend of mine who teaches at a military special operations school wrote me after I queried him about the training accident. He closed by saying, “This business is a dangerous business.” Indeed it is. It is dangerous and it is necessary. It is necessary for the longevity of liberty and freedom. And it is rightly necessary for all of us to thank and honor them for their sacrifices; honor them like family, because they protect us like we are family.

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