first_imgBy Susan Stamper BrownForty-six million viewers witnessed the unorthodox but predictable clown show congressional Democrats put on during President Trump’s first State of the Union speech. Despite that, an astounding majority of Americans (75 percent to be exact) told CBS News they approved.The same poll found that 81 percent believed Trump was trying to unify the country, 91 percent liked his infrastructure plan, 75 percent supported his national security ideas and 72 percent agreed with his immigration proposals. And, heaven-forbid, sixty-five percent said Trump’s speech made them feel proud.During the speech, the world watched sulky Democrats — who had the same deer-in-the-headlights expression they had the night Trump won the election ‒ effectively boo America and sit on their sorry keisters when Trump talked about things like unity and the fact that ISIS is on the run. They also refused to celebrate that Hispanic and African-American employment is at an all-time low, thanks to the white guy they erroneously call racist.The world watched when Rep. Luis Gutierrez, D-Ill., bolted from the House chamber when the audience began chanting, “USA! USA” and later offered an ignorant and childish response: “Whoever translated it [Trump’s speech] for him from Russian did a good job.”And, oh my, it was as if Democrats sucked all the air out of the room when Trump said that line which will go down as one for the ages, “Americans are dreamers too.”This is not normal, folks.After the speech, social media lit up with Trump haters who reflexively disliked his speech and ostracized those who didn’t, labeling them “neo-Nazi’s and white supremacists.”The day after the speech, author Stephen King called the train crash with Republicans on board that killed one and left others injured “karma.” The same day, I received a ridiculous email from a reader who called the GOP “GOPigs,” writing, “I hope you caught the lie fest last night and saw the almost instant karma of the Trump train hitting a refuse truck. Lol. Maybe there is a god after all.”I reiterate, joking about trash truck workers being killed and injured is not normal, the same way that it is not normal to suggest that your political opponents “should be lined up and shot” like Art Institute of Washington professor John Griffin posted on Facebook last May while clarifying to followers, “that’s not hyperbole; blood is on their hands.”A little more than a month later, another flaming leftist Democrat with a GOP hit list in his pocket, James Hodgkinson, opened fire on Republican congressmen during a recreational baseball game practice June 14, 2017.Unfortunately, what’s not normal for most Americans has become commonplace for Democrats.In recent years we’ve watched a tsunami of the crazy swamp the Democratic Party, a party which has devolved into a spectacle of the bizarre with its revolt against things most Americans consider custom and ordinary.From dressing up in vagina costumes to shutting down the government because they care more about illegal aliens than military patriots, Democrats have gone full blown cray-cray. They’ve shown us what they are made of and that they hate our president much more than they love America.As this clown show continues, it’s best for normal folks to pop some popcorn and step aside, remembering Napoleon’s maxim to never interfere with the enemy when he is in the process of destroying himself.FOOTNOTE: Susan Stamper Brown lives in Alaska and writes about culture, politics and current events. She is a regular contributor to Townhall and The Christian Post. Susan’s nationally syndicated column is published in scores of newspapers and publications across the U.S.She was selected as one of America’s 40 Best Conservative columnists for 2017, and one of the 50 Best for 2015 and 2016. The City-County Observer posted this article without opinion, bias or editing.FacebookTwitterCopy LinkEmailSharelast_img read more

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first_imgI have a confession to make. Before I was allowed to be a baker I used to be a banker. Not just any old banker, but an RBS banker. Back in 1969, when a strawberry tart cost 6d, I failed to satisfy the dons at Aberdeen University and also to persuade my father to give me a job in our bakery business, so I went to work for the same people who would later take on good old Freddie Goodwin, ex-RBS chief executive.In those days, being a banker commanded respect and guaranteed you a job for life. You were promised a pension, a cheap mortgage, but absolutely no mention of a bonus. I stayed for six years and only left because they wouldn’t give me a cheap mortgage (because I was single and working in my home town). Many years later, I found out that I wouldn’t get any pension either, because I hadn’t worked for RBS for 10 years! And, of course, no bonus. So why, in 2010, am I surprised that the banks are still letting down small to medium-sized businesses like Stuart’s?In 1969 the banks were very different. Current account banking was restricted to the salaried middle class and the toffs all used their own private banks, such as Coutts or Hoare’s (no jokes about all bankers being Hoare’s). The working class dealt in cash, but might have had a deposit account. Lending was conducted at a personal level in the branch with head office only getting involved for larger loans.Today, all has changed. Personal lending on credit cards, mortgages and loans went crazy, with extortionate rates to cover the inevitable tsunami of bad debts. Then, two years ago, it was all swept away, leaving the customers, especially SMEs, to pick up the bill. Banks regularly use their power to remove billions of pounds from our accounts in charges and interest rates.Let me give you some examples as an independent baker. Have you heard of unutilised borrowing charges? No? You arrange an overdraft of £10,000 at base rate plus 2%. Today you are £5,000 in the red fair enough, you pay 2.5% on £5k. But, because you haven’t used the other £5k, you are charged a flat 1% for not borrowing it. “No. Rubbish. Couldn’t possibly happen,” I hear you say. But it did for almost 18 months, until I wrote to six MPs and Darling, Alastair.Next, how much can an annual arrangement fee go up, even though the borrowing remains steady? Answer: 600%, from 0.25% to 1.5%. And it was restricted to just 1.5% by the Treasury.We wanted to move to another bank, but because we had negotiated such a good deal on the loan for our new bakery, at 1.25% over base, nobody would take us on. So we were stuck with them and vice versa. In my letter to Darling, Alastair I likened it to two nude wrestlers who, half-way through the fight, simultaneously grab each other’s testicles. Result? Complete stalemate. Would you let go and trust the bank to do likewise?And that is the nub of it. There has been a complete breakdown of trust between the banker and the baker. Restoring that trust has to be a priority for our new coalition government, although I’m not sure I want Vince or David anywhere near my privates either!My fear is nothing will really change. The banks, like the supermarkets, are too powerful and will run circles around the politicians. It’s enough to make you weep when you realise just who controls our lives. I should have stayed with Fred!last_img read more

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first_imgBy Dialogo November 19, 2010 The president of Paraguay, Fernando Lugo, has signed a decree authorizing the Ministry of Defense to acquire a series of tactical vehicles for military use. The mentioned decree states that “with the acquisition of these tactical military vehicles, it will become possible to increase the operational capabilities of the Paraguayan Army, enabling it to operate tactically with greater security, versatility, flexibility, and mobility.” The decree in question emphasizes that “it is of interest to highlight the fact that, in order to achieve our ends in relation to national security, it is of the highest importance to keep confidential the acquisition of automotive vehicles and vehicles for tactical use, since an exhaustive public presentation of the armed forces’ needs through a request for bids could be prejudicial to operations planned for this purpose.” Military sources said that the vehicles that the Paraguayan Army is expected to acquire are High Mobility Multipurpose Wheeled Vehicles (HMMWV), multipurpose military vehicles with four-wheel drive. These vehicles have to a large extent taken over the roles previously carried out by the quarter-ton M151 MUTT, the M561, in its M718A1 and M792 ambulance versions, the CUCV, and other light vehicles used by the United States military. HMMWVs were originally called Hummers, but this term was subsequently reserved for a civilian SUV based on the Humvee. The countries in the region that possess tactical vehicles of this kind are Argentina, with 16 units out of a planned purchase of 30; Bolivia, with 6 units for border patrols; Chile, with more than 200 units of the M-1097 model belonging to the Chilean Army and 20 units of the M-998 model belonging to the Chilean Navy; Colombia, with more than 1600 units, some equipped with Tow anti-tank missile systems; and Peru, with 12 second-hand units donated by the United States in 2009.last_img read more

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first_imgThe event saw more than $80,000 go toward finding a cure for MS and one team raised more than $9100.Team Cranked Up cranked it up on the fundraising circuit to raise the amazing total during the West Kootenay Glacier Challenge MS Bike tour held last weekend. The tour took riders from New Denver to Nelson one day and Nelson to New Denver the next to help find a cure while getting a whole of exercise and scenery looking.Staff at Mallards Source for sport were quick to make this selection at Team of the Week. The group includes, from left, Jan Summersides, Robyn Mitz, Sheri Allarie (Captain), Ami Kaup, Dianna Ducs, Wendi Thomson and Joy McAdams. Missing from photo, Maggie Mulvihill.Multiple sclerosis (MS) is an inflammatory disease in which the insulating covers of nerve cells in the brain and spinal cord and damaged.last_img read more

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first_imgJermaine Beckford hit a Wembley hat-trick as Preston ended their play-off jinx at the 10th attempt by thrashing Swindon 4-0 in the League One play-off final.The striker, fittingly wearing the number 10 shirt, wrote his name in North End folklore as they swept aside Swindon to clinch promotion to the Sky Bet Championship.Having lost their previous nine play-off campaigns – the worst record of any club – there were fears Preston would choke on the big day once again.Paul Huntington scored Preston’s other goal, with a cushioned volley from a Paul Gallagher cross. 1 Jermaine Beckford celebrates last_img

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first_imgTeam “Operation Restore Hope” Plumber, Priest, Journalist and Administrator out there giving it their all as they get ready for WAAR on May 16th. Fair play to every one of them and to all others who are giving WAAR a go.WAAR – The Wild Atlantic Adventure Race – Rás an Atlantaigh Fhíain, will take place on Saturday May 16th starting and finishing at the Naomh Muire GAA club in West Donegal.Organised by the local GAA Club, WAAR is attracting great interest both within the County and throughout Ireland with queries in the past few weeks coming in from the UK as well.The organisers have set about to create an event which is challenging and attractive to Adventure Athletes as well as being one which inspires local participation by those wishing to improve their physical health and condition. The course has been designed to meet those aims and it has been visited by several experienced Adventure Race organisers and endorsed with glowing reviews. Neil Mc Gee – 3 time GAA All Star , International Rules player and Donegal GAA player of the Year ….launching the WAAR.ie event recently in the Lower Rosses.WAAR is a four-part challenge- Run-Cycle-Hike-Kayak.It starts off from the famous Banks in Mullaghderg with a 7.5k road and off-road run taking in the Mullaghduff road, down to Carrickfin, across to Ballymanus and back to the Banks.Then comes a 42.5k cycle along the Wild Atlantic Way on the coast road to Dungloe before heading into the Hills of Donegal, up past Thorr and downhill to Meenaweel.At this point at Meenaweel Chapel, participants will disembark from their bikes and have a steep 2k Hike up to an Grógan Mór and back down again to resume the cycle down and over to Loughanure Lake. Once again it will be off the Bikes and a 1k Kayak challenge out on the lake. Back on the bikes and homewards towards the Banks through Annagry.The final part of the race involves a run around the GAA pitch and into the finishing line…some 53k in total.The local organisers or the WAAR Cabinet as they are now known, have put in a great deal of planning and design to the event. There are many reasons behind the event.John Colm Gillespie explains “Primarily, it is a fundraiser for the Naomh Muire Club to support recent development work on a Health and Wellbeing Room which has been built.“However, there is a strong emphasis on creating an event which brings Tourists into the area and this will do this. We are encouraging families to visit the area while supporting a mother, father, brother, sister in the event. “As well as that, this is in keeping with the Club and Community efforts to encourage our Health and Wellbeing initiatives and we are delighted so many locals are training for the event. We have a three year plan with the intention of building the event to a Nationally recognised one….we are very excited about WAAR and are delighted to launch it today”It would be hard to imagine a more scenic part of Ireland and such a diverse range of scenery as that along the WAAR route.The WAAR committee including registered competitors Noreen McGee and The RACE winner Sean McFadden and his son, and Neil McGee who launched WAAR.ie.With Errigal looking down on much of the course and the Atlantic Ocean lapping in near the run, together with a cycle along the Coast Road of the Rosses, through the town of Dungloe and into the Hills of Donegal……..participants will be driven on by the ruggedness and beauty of the route.Lake, Sea and Mountains combine to challenge yet the much acclaimed warmth of the locals will balance that to ensure great welcome and support for all who come along to WAAR. The WAAR event was launched by three-time GAA All Star, International Rules player and Donegal Player of the Year Neil Mc Gee. Neil has strong family connections in the Lower Rosses and generations of his family include the Boyle’s of Bunaman who participated in many sports at the Banks, the WAAR base.Brian Feda O’Domhnaill is an organising member and he says “ The promotion of an event like this is important as it encourages physical exercise which has great benefits at a time when there is such a focus on both physical and mental health and well-being”.L-R Adrian Ward, JC Gillespie, Hugh Bonner, Gavin Ó’Dónaill, Neil McGee who launched the event, Dr. Ciaran Richardson Randox Teo Main Sponsors, Brian Ó’Dónaill and Bríd Boyle. The WAAR committee have put in a huge winter behind the scenes to bring this great fundraising event to the Naomh Muire GAA Club.Entry to the event for an individual is €55 for Early bird up to St Patrick’s Day. The price will then be €65 with the fee rising to €75 for later entries.There is a launch special for team entries of €155. This is available to St Patrick’s Day when it will then be €175 with a later team entry free of €195.For updates and entry visit WAAR.ie and like our facebook page WAAR or follow us on twitter #WAARThe organisers would like to acknowledge the Main Sponsors Randox Teoranta as well as our Sports sponsorship from Lucozade Sport. We likewise thank our many local sponsors who have encouraged us by their contributions. Randox Teoranta, a new and important employer to our area have a long term commitment to West Donegal and their support for the WAAR event is a reflection of their effort in working with the Community.For further details please contact any of the following –Adrian Ward 086 2266811 Brid Boyle 086 2086818Brian Ó Dónaill 087 2648497 Gavin Ó Dónaill 087 6522285Hugh Bonner 086 8239607 John Gillespie 087 7434523WARR IS DECLARED IN THE ROSSES BUT FOR A GOOD CAUSE was last modified: March 10th, 2015 by StephenShare this:Click to share on Facebook (Opens in new window)Click to share on Twitter (Opens in new window)Click to share on LinkedIn (Opens in new window)Click to share on Reddit (Opens in new window)Click to share on Pocket (Opens in new window)Click to share on Telegram (Opens in new window)Click to share on WhatsApp (Opens in new window)Click to share on Skype (Opens in new window)Click to print (Opens in new window)Tags:donegalMullaghduffNaomh MhuireWARRlast_img read more

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first_imgMany Chelsea fans on Twitter were full of praise for Victor Moses following the 2-0 win at Hull.Moses was given a starting place by boss Antonio Conte and repaid him with an excellent performance at right wing-back.Many Blues supporters are now hoping the Nigerian keeps his spot in the team.Moses definitely took his chance well. So direct. Just wants to run at players or cross it, something which our “wingers” lack. #cfc— Martin Connolly (@_MC1905_) October 1, 2016Will hold my hands up; I was wrong about Moses. Looked really impressive for us so far this season #CFC #KTBFFH #HULCHE— Nick Stroudley (@nickstroudley) October 1, 2016Victor Moses was superb today #motm #CFC— Mech (@mech200) October 1, 2016Alonso and Moses both deserve to start from now on. #cfc— JL (@Joti_2203) October 1, 2016Victor Moses is a proper right winger. Very underrated #CFC #HULCHE— WHY SO SERIOUS!? (@_ChelseaHolic) October 1, 2016Moses was unbelievable today – he has to start next match! #CFC— Owen (@OzNozHD) October 1, 2016A day full of positives. 3-4-3 looked solid. Moses & Alonso impressive. Costa on fire. Zouma and Terry back after the break, lovely. #CFC— Matt Bennett (@MattBennettSw6) October 1, 2016When you outshine Hazard on the wing for #CFC.. You deserve praise.. Well done Victor Moses!!— Conte Passion (@VesleyR_CFC) October 1, 2016So much respect for Victor Moses.. A long while biding his time in the Wilderness but never gave up.. Welcome back!👍👍⚽️💙 #CFC— Caroline (@chelseacazza) October 1, 2016Nice to see width in our game, the ball being crossed in.. Alonso and Moses were really positive today. Well done Chels 👍🏻 #CFC— Bradley Walton (@Brad29_) October 1, 2016If #Moses‘ name was “Mosinho” and he were born in latin america, he would be worth 50 millions right now #CFC #Chelsea— Sadibou SOW (@sadibsow) October 1, 2016Victor Moses – Finally a proper right winger. Nothing short of class! Very underrated. #CFC— Didier Drogba (@khalidpschwarz) October 1, 2016 Follow West London Sport on TwitterFind us on Facebooklast_img read more

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first_img22 May 2014 Jacob Zuma was elected President of South Africa by Members of Parliament (MPs) in the National Assembly in Cape Town on Wednesday. Zuma’s nomination came before an objection by the Democratic Alliance, which was dismissed by Chief Justice Mogoeng Mogoeng, who ruled that “all present here are eligible for election”. As there was no other nomination, Zuma was elected unopposed. “In terms of Item 6 of part A, Schedule A of the Constitution, I declare the honourable Jacob Zuma duly elected President of the Republic of South Africa,” Mogoeng announced, congratulating the President-elect while the house broke into cheers and ululations. With his election, Zuma ceased to be a member of the National Assembly. The African National Congress (ANC) will later fill his position in the Assembly by choosing the next person on its election list. Zuma will take the oath of office “to be faithful to the Republic of South Africa” and “to obey, observe and maintain the constitution and all other laws” at the Nelson Mandela Amphitheatre at the Union Buildings in Pretoria on Saturday. The event is expected to draw thousands of people, including around 40 current and former heads of state. Ordinary South Africans will be transported from across the country to witness the event, while those unable to attend will be able to follow proceedings on television and radio, or at 47 public viewing areas in the provinces. Source: SAnews.gov.zalast_img read more

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first_imgTop Reasons to Go With Managed WordPress Hosting Related Posts This morning at Moscone Center in San Francisco, Apple is expected to introduce its newest member of the iPhone family as Steve Jobs is set to deliver another carefully crafted keynote address at the Worldwide Developers Conference (WWDC). As per usual, the highly-anticipated event has sent the rumor mills spinning as Apple has remained tight-lipped about what to expect from today’s announcement (with the exception of a leak or two). So just what should we expect from Apple today at WWDC? For starters, here’s an infographic breaking down previous iPhone events that should give you a picture of what’s to come.A New iPhone, Right On ScheduleThe majority of evidence uncovered so far has lead most to believe that a new iPhone is undoubtedly landing today at WWDC. That last two iPhones were announced in early June and each time saw doubled storage capacity at identical $199 and $299 price points. This year’s model will likely follow this trend, reaching as high as 64 GB of storage for the larger iPhone sibling. Additionally, 2009’s keynote saw the 2008 model drop in price to $99, and many expect a similar price cut this year for the 3GS.How soon will we see the new iPhone? It could be as soon as today, some have guessed. Last year’s phone was available less than two weeks after its announcement, and the 3G iPhone launched just 2 days after Jobs’ keynote that year. Due to leaked images of what is likely to be the next iPhone, Apple may be attempting to shuffle this next device out the door quickly, but we can’t be sure. Other evidence pointing to a quick release is AT&T’s new data and insurance plans which will launch today.In the past, an updated OS has also been made available roughly around the same time as the new phone, so expect OS 4.0 to be available soon, if not right away. With the OS update comes much-awaited multi-tasking functionality, as well as many small changes to upgrade the user experience. Keeping with history, Apple will also still likely charge iPod Touch users $10 to upgrade their OS.Rumors and Speculation Apple also has a history of making secondary announcements when introducing a new iPhone. In the past years, these products and services has included Apple TV, MobileME and Snow Leopard – so what will the other topic of discussion be today? Some have suggested an updated Apple TV to counter Google TV could make an appearance, or perhaps the next version of Safari could be previewed.Mostly likely among “one more thing” announcements is a Bluetooth enabled multi-touch trackpad for use with desktop Macs. Late last night, Engadget editor Josh Topolsky posted what look like pretty solid pictures of what Apple could be calling the “Magic Trackpad,” if recent patent filings are any hint. The device could make the entire Apple line touch-friendly, which is a logical next step.The leaked photographs also suggested that the latest iPhone will feature a forward-facing camera, perhaps for mobile video chat. Will we see a Skype executive up on stage with Steve walking the audience through video chat capabilities, or will this new feature be limited to an in-house iChat app placed on the phone? What could a forward-facing camera do for other fields of technology, like augmented reality? Today’s keynote may answer some of these questions.The other long-debated announcement we could see today is the iPhone’s departure from AT&T exclusivity – specifically to Verizon’s stronger network. Rumors of a “Verizon iPhone” have existed ever since AT&T customers began complaining about their service, but they’ve reached a fever pitch approaching today’s event. But why stop at Verizon? Though less likely, some have suggested that Jobs could announce partnerships with several leading carriers today.Stay Tuned!We will be following the announcement closely this morning, so make sure to stick around for breaking news and analysis from WWDC as it happens. Photo by Tom Coates on Flickr. A Web Developer’s New Best Friend is the AI Wai… Why Tech Companies Need Simpler Terms of Servic…center_img chris cameron Tags:#Apple#web 8 Best WordPress Hosting Solutions on the Marketlast_img read more

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first_imgReal Madrid coach Santiago Solari: This squad marvellousby Carlos Volcano9 months agoSend to a friendShare the loveReal Madrid coach Santiago Solari insists he has nothing to do with transfer planning.Solari says he’s happy with his squad.Speaking ahead of Wednesday’s Copa del Rey second leg against Leganés – they lead 3-0 from the first game at the Santiago Bernabéu – Solari said: “I always say it is not my position to explain the policy of signings. The squad we have is marvellous, with a lot of young players, a lot of experienced players and they are all 100 per cent committed.”Asked to assess his forward players, he added: “They are all different players, not necessarily specialist ‘number nines’. The specialist we have is Karim Benzema and he is injured.” TagsTransfersAbout the authorCarlos VolcanoShare the loveHave your saylast_img read more

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