Jeff Sessions Is Not a Racist

Is it not incredible the lengths that the Democratic Party will go in order to shift blame, manufacture lies, and rewrite history all in the effort of hiding their dark, blemished past? Then again, perhaps it isn’t so astounding, when one considers that such duplicitous behavior is the inevitable result for an organization that is fully unmoored from truth, principle, and integrity. After all, the end goal of a post-constitutional, Ameritopian paradise justifies any means necessary in the eyes of the statist—even attempting to destroy the reputations of some of the finest Americans.

Last week, such an attempt was made on a great American, United States Attorney General Jeff Sessions.

On Tuesday evening, Sessions, in an interview with nationally syndicated talk radio host Mark Levin, commented on the judicial proclamation that was issued last month by a federal judge in Hawaii—Judge Derrick Watson—who sits on the bench of the United States Court of Appeals for the Ninth Circuit.

Levin asked Sessions about the status of the U.S. Department of Justice’s appeal to rescind Judge Watson’s proclamation, which blocked Executive Order 13780 (the revised version of Executive Order 13769 which was issued by President Donald J. Trump on January 27th, 2017). Both executive orders seek to protect the nation from foreign terrorist entry into the United States through halting the admittance of refugees arriving from a specifically delineated set of nations.

“We’ve got cases moving in the very, very liberal Ninth Circuit, who, they’ve been hostile to the order,” Sessions responded to Levin. “We won a case in Virginia recently that was a nicely-written order that just demolished, I thought, all the arguments that some of the other people have been making. We are confident that the President will prevail on appeal and particularly in the Supreme Court, if not the Ninth Circuit. So this is a huge matter. I really am amazed that a judge sitting on an island in the Pacific can issue an order that stops the President of the United States from what appears to be clearly his statutory and constitutional power.”

Now, most people who read his statement carefully would agree that in no such case did Jeff Sessions make any sort of racially bigoted or ignorantly disrespectful statement. In fact, take a moment to carefully examine and break down the last sentence of his response. Sessions simply noted that he, as the chief legal officer in the United States, was amazed that a member of the judicial branch—albeit, audaciously ignorant of his constitutional limitations—would seize the authority to set policy in such a fashion that clearly violates the separation of powers between the three co-equal branches of government.

The next part of the sentence is where the Left totally takes Sessions’s words out of context. Here are the words that come next: “a judge sitting on an island in the Pacific.” Now, consider three important parts of this phrase.

First, we know that Derrick Watson is a judge on the Ninth Circuit. A basic question to begin with is whether Judge Derrick Watson is a human being? If yes, then he certainly retains the physical limitations of all human beings. One of those limitations is the inability to be ubiquitous (i.e. every human is in exactly one place at one time).

Second, consider the geography of Hawaii (see map below).

Is Hawaii not a state whose geography is undeniably that of a system of islands? The map confirms that it is.

Finally, does Hawaii sit in the Pacific Ocean? Again, the answer is yes.

So, we have established three things: Judge Watson can only physically exist in one place, Hawaii is comprised of a grouping of islands, and those islands exist in the Pacific.

Now, the U.S. Court of Appeals for the Ninth Circuit for the District of Hawaii is located in the state’s capital, Honolulu. Thus, it can be concluded that Judge Watson sits on the bench in the Ninth Circuit courthouse in Honolulu, a city located on the singular island of Oahu.

In this light, Sessions’s statement clearly neither misrepresents any geographical information regarding Hawaii nor makes any sort of racial jest. Instead, his comment is a completely valid and accurate statement.

Yet, if all you paid attention to this past week was the mainstream media, you would’ve thought that Sessions was Ross Barnett or George Wallace. Ideologically motivated commentators, politicians, and media mouthpieces all took turns mocking the former senator from Alabama with the goal of trying to paint him as a caricature of all of the typical accusations liberals make against anyone that subscribes to a different ideology than theirs.

Funny enough, that’s the one thing that was crystal clear from the conga line of feckless Democrats from the Aloha State’s congressional delegation attempting to pick Sessions apart with their litany of insults: if you are not a liberal — that is, if you do not agree with their political philosophy — you are automatically unqualified to serve in any position of government, despite any exceptional credentials, merit, or experience. Sardonically and pretentiously, Representative Colleen Hanabusa (D-Hawaii), who represents Hawaii’s 1st congressional district, tweeted this out:

Spent today on Kauai at PMRF, the world’s largest instrumented multi-environment training/test range. @jeffsessions is clueless re: Hawaii.

— Colleen Hanabusa (@RepHanabusa) April 21, 2017

She was joined by her counterpart, Tulsi Gabbard (D-Hawaii), and both of Hawaii’s senators, Brian Schatz (D-Hawaii), and Mazie Hirono (D-Hawaii):

Amazed @USAGSessions doesn’t know Hawaii is a State, not just an “#IslandinthePacific.” Another reason Sessions should step down.

— Tulsi Gabbard (@TulsiGabbard) April 20, 2017

Our 50th state #IslandinthePacific is home to the only US WWII battlefield at Pearl Harbor. AG Sessions, have some respect.

— Tulsi Gabbard (@TulsiGabbard) April 20, 2017

Mr. Attorney General: You voted for that judge. And that island is called Oahu. It’s my home. Have some respect.

— Brian Schatz (@brianschatz) April 20, 2017

State of Hawaii has many islands, not one island. We have around 1.5 m people. Island of Hawaii has 186,000 people. Please use the google.

— Brian Schatz (@brianschatz) April 20, 2017

Hey Jeff Sessions, this #IslandinthePacific has been the 50th state for going on 58 years. And we won’t succumb to your dog whistle politics

— Senator Mazie Hirono (@maziehirono) April 20, 2017

Hawaii was built on the strength of diversity & immigrant experiences- including my own. Jeff Sessions’ comments are ignorant & dangerous

— Senator Mazie Hirono (@maziehirono) April 20, 2017

The delegation was then joined by Chelsea Clinton, daughter of former President Bill Clinton and former Secretary of State Hillary Clinton, who had this to say:

Someone please tell Sessions that Hawaii is a state. An American in Hawaii is as American as one from Alabama. Or Indiana.

— Chelsea Clinton (@ChelseaClinton) April 20, 2017

But if trying to suggest that Jeff Sessions was ignorant to the fact that Hawaii was a state, Congresswoman Gabbard took her asinine attack one more step further by suggesting that the Attorney General is not even versed in the fundamental concept of separation of powers.

Astounding AG Sessions doesn’t understand how 3 co-equal branches of government work – executive, legislative, & judicial. #SessionsMustGo

— Tulsi Gabbard (@TulsiGabbard) April 20, 2017

What is truly ironic, however, is that Representative Gabbard and Senator Schatz, who both asserted that Sessions should “have some respect,” have no respect for separation of powers. If these members of Congress cared about separation of powers, their outrage would be directed at the very person Sessions’s initial comment described—Judge Derrick Watson—for his participation in judicial tyranny. That all for another day, though.

To some, their outrage mirrored the disgusting witch hunt that was orchestrated by members of the Democrat Party and those on the Left leading up to Sessions’s confirmation, sampled by these tweets:

30 yrs ago, a GOP Senate rejected @SenatorSessions’ judicial nomination, affirming no compromise with racism; no negotiation with hate.

— Elizabeth Warren (@SenWarren) November 18, 2016

Jeff Sessions, a man deemed too racist to be a judge in the ’80s, will be Attorney General. And there is no evidence he has changed at all

— Dan Pfeiffer (@danpfeiffer) November 18, 2016

Just in case there is doubt, Jeff Sessions as AG means that a Trump administration will be exactly as racist as our worst fears indicated.

— Ian Millhiser (@imillhiser) November 18, 2016

Jeff Sessions was too racist to be a judge so Donald Trump just made him America’s top cop. Any questions?

— John Fugelsang (@JohnFugelsang) November 18, 2016

The outright lies, hateful reconstruction of history, and twisted distortion of this man’s record shows that the Democrats seek nothing short of a complete character assassination of Jeff Sessions. They targeted Sessions’s response, completely distorted it, and attempted a drive-by hit on his personal character. They are relentless — attempting to rewrite his longstanding record of legal objectivity and loyalty to the law, by perpetuating this narrative the Democrats fabricated long ago: that he is an ignorant, stupid, white supremacist bigot from the deep, old South.

And what an outrageously egregious misrepresentation of the truth that is.

Through their attempts to manufacture their own version of Jeff Sessions, they reveal their own ignorance of their own party’s racist history and their cluelessness on the Attorney General’s actual record of defending civil rights and fighting racism in his home state.

Mark Hemingway, a writer for The Weekly Standard, laid out Gen. Sessions’s record on civil rights quite effectively. Hemingway reminds readers that “Sessions’s actual record of desegregating schools and taking on the Klan in Alabama…strains credulity to believe that he is a racist.”

In the early 1980’s, “as a U.S. Attorney [Sessions] filed several cases to desegregate schools in Alabama. And he also prosecuted Klansman Henry Francis Hays, son of Alabama Klan leader Bennie Hays, for abducting and killing Michael Donald, a black teenager selected at random. Sessions insisted on the death penalty for Hays. When he was later elected the state Attorney General, Sessions followed through and made sure Hays was executed. The successful prosecution of Hays also led to a $7 million civil judgment against the Klan, effectively breaking the back of the KKK in Alabama.”

In Jeff Sessions, Americans have a true class act serving as the nation’s chief lawyer — not only administering justice in an objective and egalitarian fashion, but one who has the temperament and poise suited for the job. Oh, and by the way, Jeff Sessions has no issues discerning whether a certain behavior constitutes as ethical conduct for the Attorney General of the United States — something that has been a gray area for the previous officeholders serving in the Obama Administration.

What Chelsea Clinton, Mazie Hirono, and Brian Schatz fail to remember is that they hold membership in the Party of Racism, not Sessions. They have chosen to align themselves with the party of slavery, the party of segregation, the party of Jim Crow, and the party of the Klu Klux Klan.

And so my question to those exclaiming that the Attorney General is a racist — namely the Democrat Party — is this: must you be intellectually dishonest? Stop rewriting Jeff Sessions’s record. If any record needs to be set right, it should be that of the Democratic Party — not Jeff Sessions, who fought the Klan in Alabama…

…unlike Franklin Delano Roosevelt—who put the Klan’s lawyer on the Supreme Court of the United States and who rounded up Japanese-Americans and imprisoned them in internment camps during World War II

…unlike the founder of the Democratic Party, Andrew Jackson, who seized Cherokee territory, sold it off to the highest bidder, and forced Native Americans onto the Trail of Tears

…unlike Woodrow Wilson, a racist, who re-segregated the federal government and screened pro-KKK films in the White House

…unlike John F. Kennedy and Sen. Ted Kennedy, whose father Joe Kennedy was a rabid anti-Semite and appeased Adolf Hitler during his tenure as the U.S. Ambassador to the U.K.

…unlike Gov. George Wallace, who employed “Stand in the Schoolhouse Door” as a method for segregating the Univ. of Alabama

…unlike Senator Robert Byrd, a Grand Kleagle in the Klu Klux Klan, who was elected by Senate Democrats to be the Senate Majority Leader and who filibustered the passage of multiple drafts of the Civil Rights Act of 1964

…unlike Bill and Hillary Clinton, whose mentor was Sen. J. William Fulbright, a racist who opposed Brown v. Board of Education

…unlike Al Gore, whose father, Sen. Al Gore Sr., voted against the Civil Rights Act of 1964

…unlike the phony Black Lives Matter movement who perpetuate anti-Semitism in their own published policy platform

…unlike Keith Ellison who defends and identifies with avid racist Louis Farrakhan and the Nation of Islam

…unlike the Democratic Party, which not only fought Abraham Lincoln every step of the way on emancipating slaves and opposed the passage of the 13th, 14th, and 15th Amendments to the U.S. Constitution granting them citizenship and voting rights, but waited 60 years to denounce the horrific execution method of lynching and embraced the Klu Klux Klan—which had become the party’s military arm for fighting a race war against blacks—at the disastrous 1924 Democratic National Convention in Madison Square Garden.

There is more, but the list becomes quite lengthy. The point is that the extent that the Democratic Party will go to in order to retain power is really quite nonexistent. They will tell any lie that needs to be told, steal any historical narrative that needs to be rewritten, and distort any facts that need to be twisted to achieve their ends. The Attorney General said nothing that was racially questionable or factually false. The hyperbole is only a mere tool for the Democrats who will stop at nothing to try to take down Jeff Sessions—an honorable, decent man who has done more for civil rights then any Democrat in office today.

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How to detect and treat hypothyroidism

Seniors especially, take note. Most of you, if asked, would say that you suffer from lack of energy. Almost everyone can make and has made that complaint at one time or another.

But if your fatigue is chronic, and you also experience one or more of these symptoms — depression, weight gain, memory loss, hair loss, muscle cramps, dry skin, decreased libido, cold feet, confusion, delirium or even a failing heart – you should suspect low thyroid function.

Low thyroid function – hypothyroidism — is the unsuspected illness in America. Estimates are that fully 60 percent of Americans have low thyroid function, making them susceptible to all manner of illness and very low energy.

If you’ve made this complaint to your physician, or your physician has determined you have low thyroid function, you were likely prescribed levothyroxine (brand name Synthroid), especially if your test showed elevated levels of TSH (thyrotropin or thyroid stimulating hormone). Levothyroxine is the most-dispensed prescription drug in America — with 121 million prescriptions annually — and almost one in five Americans is taking it, according to a Johns Hopkins survey.

Trouble is, it doesn’t work.

In a major study published in The New England Journal of Medicine, researchers found that while levothyroxine lowered the readings of TSH, patients found no improvement in their symptoms related to low thyroid function. They didn’t feel less fatigue; they didn’t feel stronger or more energetic; and they didn’t lose weight.

Why is there so much hypothyroidism? The first part of the answer is xenoestrogens (synthetic estrogen) that dominate in our environment because of agricultural chemicals, household chemicals and prescriptions that either act exactly like estrogen in the body, or are actually prescriptions for estrogen disguised as “menopause” drugs.

Secondly, iodine is no longer found in U.S. soils in any significant amounts, and any iodine we do get is displaced from the body by the fluoride in or drinking water.

Dr. Arnold Jackson of the Mayo and Jackson clinics wrote in The Journal of the American Medical Association, “Hypothyroidism is the most frequent chronic affliction and the most overlooked condition in the United States.”

But standard thyroid function tests used by doctors usually do not show low thyroid function. The basal metabolism test, the blood test, the protein-bound iodine and radioactive iodine uptake test usually are not dependable. And doctors usually take an indifferent attitude toward hypothyroidism, and those who do pay attention insist on biopsies and operations.

Hypothyroidism is very serious whether chronic or mild. Cretinism is a condition occurring in children caused by a deficiency of thyroid secretion and characterized by a stunted and malformed body and arrested mental development. Myxedema is a condition in which the person affected has a less than attentive appearance, an empty or vacant look, slow speech and general dullness of intellect caused by lack of functioning in the thyroid gland. Sounds serious to me!

But even hypothyroidism of a very mild to moderate degree is very often responsible for a wide range of health problems that go a lifetime without relief or cure. Very mild degrees and atypical forms of thyroid deficiency complicate and inhibit achievement in millions of people.

Chances are that most of us have an iodine deficiency. But it doesn’t have to be this way. And since hypothyroidism is so easy to treat, it shouldn’t be a problem in America. Really nothing could be simpler to diagnose and treat.

Anyone can test himself for hypothyroidism or iodine deficiency. Low basal (at rest) body temperature is a prominent indicator of low thyroid function.

Simply take your underarm temperature for three days, before you get out of bed, and take the average. If you are running as much as one degree or more below 98.6 you can suspect hypothyroidism.

You can request an iodine-loading test from your doctor. But I would start my iodine test by just rubbing food grade iodine (Lugol’s) on a small spot, maybe two inches across on my arm. If the iodine disappears overnight, I would take this to mean an iodine deficiency. Even if too much iodine is taken it will be excreted. Iodine has a detoxifying effect on the body.

Iodine is important for the whole body, but it is concentrated in the prostate gland, the thyroid and breast tissue.

According to David Brownstein, M.D., in his excellent book, “Iodine: Why You Need It, Why You Can’t Live Without It,” if a person suffers from iodine deficiency, using thyroid hormone supplementation without first correcting (or simultaneously correcting) the iodine deficit will exacerbate the body’s deficit of iodine.

So iodine and thyroid hormone go together. Thyroid hormones raise the body’s need for iodine. Alternative doctors always recommend Armour Thyroid which is natural thyroid hormone (from pigs) and available from compounding pharmacies.

Points from Dr. Brownstein:

  • The World Health Organization (WHO) has recognized that iodine deficiency is the world’s greatest single cause of preventable mental retardation.
  • Iodine supplementation markedly increases urinary excretion of fluoride and bromide.
  • Brownstein says that more than 90 percent of his tested patients exhibit laboratory signs of iodine deficiency.
  • In the brain, iodine concentrates in the substantia nigra, an area of the brain that has been associated with Parkinson’s disease.
  • Iodine deficiency is one of the main underlying causes of many varied illnesses including thyroid disorders, chronic fatigue, fibromyalgia, cancer (including cancer of the breast and prostate) and other health issues.
  • The thyroid gland and the breast primarily utilize iodine. The prostate gland concentrates iodine. Breast cysts have been treated with iodine for more than 50 years. Iodine deficiency is a causative factor in breast cancer and fibrocystic breast disease.
  • The relationship between hypothyroidism and breast cancer has been reported for more than 100 years.
  • Thyroid hormone is essential for normal brain development.
  • In children, iodine deficiency can result in mental retardation as well as goiter.
  • Research has found an almost 50 percent increase in perinatal mortality due to iodine deficiency.
  • Many studies have shown that children who live in iodine-deficient areas have lower IQs as compared to children living in iodine sufficient areas.

If your doctor determines you need additional thyroid hormone, insist on natural thyroid hormone and not synthroid (levothyroxine). He/she will start you out on a very low dosage of about 1/4 grain daily, no matter your condition.

The dosage will be gradually stepped up over a year or more (up to two grains daily or more.) Your body temperature will gradually rise to normal, raising your metabolic rate. There is no risk of excessive thyroid dosage as long as you start with a very low dosage and step up very gradually and as long as basal (at rest) body temperature does not exceed 98.6 degrees.

I recently wrote an in-depth article on hypothryroidism for my readers of the Bob Livingston Alerts. If you’d like to receive these alerts in your email box you can sign up for them by going here. You’ll receive my e-book, “The Forbidden Truth About Cancer”, as a free bonus.

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Is MSNBC trying to carve out part of Fox News’ audience for themselves?

The media rumor mill has been churning ever since Fox News got into even more trouble stemming from the legal woes of both Roger Ailes and Bill O’Reilly. The cable news market is extremely competitive and if anyone smells blood in the water they’re no doubt ready to pounce. The New York Times was almost salivating over the possibility last week and they weren’t the only ones. Yesterday Allahpundit looked at the recent rumors of a new conservative news network being developed to fill the Fox void, though that seems a bit premature.

Far more likely is the idea that the current slate of cable news outfits would try to scoop up any viewers that Fox manages to lose. You can understand CNN trying to position themselves for that market, but the really unexpected entry into the race would be MSNBC. That’s about as poor of a fit for a conservative audience as one could imagine. But is that about to change? Two stories popped up just yesterday which caught my eye. The first was a rumor that our Salem colleague Hugh Hewitt was “in talks” with them to host his own show. (New York Magazine)

MSNBC is in talks with conservative radio host Hugh Hewitt about creating a show for him on weekend evenings, four well-placed sources at the network tell Daily Intelligencer. Initially MSNBC was keen on having Hewitt host a program on weekend mornings, but that idea is off the table because Hewitt wants to be on in the evening, according to two sources. At one point, network management also floated moving Joy-Ann Reid’s popular weekend program AM Joy to the afternoon to serve as a lead-in for Hewitt and help jumpstart his ratings, but that plan has seemingly been dropped.

Hugh isn’t commenting on this in public yet so it’s a fairly safe bet that the magazine’s “sources” (who remain anonymous) are reacting to ideas which have been discussed without any sort of decision being made on either side. If there was an agreement reached and a dollar figure set we’d probably already know about it.

But one story which wasn’t a rumor was that the four o’clock slot at MSNBC is going to be taken up by former George W. Bush staffer Nicolle Wallace. (The Hill)

Nicolle Wallace, who served as communications director under former President George W. Bush, has landed her own program on MSNBC.

Wallace, who is a frequent face on MSNBC’s “Morning Joe” as a contributor, will host a show on the channel in the 4 p.m. ET hour…

The 4 p.m. slot on MSNBC has been hosted by political analyst Steve Kornacki since 2016, leading up to the presidential election. The network says Kornacki will continue to contribute to the revamped hour.

This is a major shift. I happen to like Nicolle and enjoy her work, though I know there are others in the conservative cause who probably find her a bit on the RINO side, as well as some who hold lingering resentment over Wallace’s history with Sarah Palin. But she’s still considerably more conservative than anyone in the entire MSNBC roster except for Scarborough in the mornings. (And his show tends to split down the middle anyway, with guests from both parties making regular appearances.) If the network of Maddow and Chris Hayes suddenly has both Nicole Wallace and Hugh Hewitt showing up in the afternoon and evening what does that do to their brand? The viewers who have come to rely on MSNBC as a comfortable safe space, free of any challenges to liberal doctrine, are probably going to wind up with mental whiplash.

Does that sort of mixed branding approach work? I suppose the question is whether or not any conservative consumers will switch channels when those shows come on the air and if any of the traditional liberal audience will stick around and risk hearing opinions they find abhorrent. As for me, I can’t remember the last time I turned on MSNBC after Morning Joe ended, but I would definitely tune in to see either of these two hosts. (Though I get the feeling I’m not representative of the larger audience they’re shooting for.)

All of that aside, I still have to wonder if all of this positioning and plotting will turn out to be for nothing. The foundation behind all of these moves by other networks seems to be predicated on the assumption that Fox is in trouble and at least some measurable part of their audience may be up for grabs. There doesn’t seem to be any data to support that yet. While it may change later, at least initially, Tucker Carlson is pulling in the same ratings as O’Reilly in his old time slot. And the overall lineup was still dominating the cable news ratings this week pretty much as they normally do. It seems to me that absent a complete sea change in the general tenor of their coverage, Fox’s audience remains remarkably solid from year to year. You can’t knock the other networks for trying (and it would be criminally negligent for them not to make an effort) but there may not be as much of an opening here as media analysts are assuming.

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The Upper Hand Remains Ours

Thanks to President Trump, China appears to be trying to reign in the insane North Korean man-child Kim Jong-un for China’s President Xi Jinping understands well that the U.S. could and most likely will take unilateral action against the North Korean dictator if he keeps up his saber rattling and rocket launching.

And with President Xi saying that China “is committed to the target of de-nuclearization on the peninsula, safeguarding peace and stability on the peninsula, and advocates resolving problems through peaceful means,” it becomes apparent that Xi knows that to do so would benefit China’s economic pocketbook…but is there actually more to his words and even more at stake than seen at first glance.

And yes…there is more at stake…much more…what with Kim Jong-un now threatening not just South Korea and Japan but threatening also to do a “mighty pre-emptive strike against the U.S.”…that is if his rockets do not keep falling into the sea. And these recent threats have seen China moving its military towards their shared border because Xi is wise enough to know that first, a war on the Korean peninsula would not serve China’s said pocketbook nor its pecking order on the world stage well and second, he also knows that a loony man-child like Kim Jung-un could just as easily turn on China… the very country that made and still finances his dictatorial bed.

In other words, while both China’s government and her people know they would suffer and suffer greatly on the economic front if war did indeed break out, they also know that both prestige and regional influence not only comes into play, but that sometimes those two factors trump even the economic scenario. And that is why President Trump tried to put the ball back in our court when he told President Xi in a recent telephone conversation that “a trade deal with the U.S. will be far better for them (China) if they solve the North Korean problem!”

Translation: Trump made it clear that China must, no matter the cost to them, reign in Kim Jong-un for China not only needs bi-lateral trade deals and investments with the U.S., but with us now flexing our military muscle the dynamics in both the Middle East and the Far East have changed…as in the U.S. is now leading from the front having replaced Obama’s leading from behind.

And that particular dynamic has common sense dictating that if China was smart they would switch sides in the North Korean standoff or at least call for the man-child to stand down…something they now seem somewhat to be doing.

But if truth be told an actual outward switching of sides will not be that simple for China to do what with China being a big brother, a mother, a father, and an overseer all rolled into one in regards to North Korea. And this is but a symbiotic relationship that started when China’s Chairman Mao sent more than a million Chinese troops to fight in the Korean War, and that very act directly afforded Kim Jong-un’s grandfather, Kim Il-sung, the ability to keep control of the northern half of the Korean peninsula. But as the years have unfolded, China ever so slowly has started to see and digest the reality that the current regime of Kim Jong-un has done absolutely nothing to benefit China’s growing national interests nor for its growing economy…in fact the man-child has actually harmed China’s long-coveted super-power status in certain key ways.

How so…with North Korea having the nuclear bomb…albeit at this time minus a successful delivery system…which in time please know they will get…and with North Korea lying on China’s eastern border…they can and do try to pretend that they are a major power broker. And as such with both threats and accusations they have held the true power brokers at bay…power brokers including China, Russia, and until just recently these United States.

Thankfully, that scenario changed for the U.S. when President Trump recently ordered U.S. warships and aircraft carriers to the waters off North Korea’s coast.

So, if an actual switching of sides by China might not be realistically feasible at this given point in time what with Chinese so-called ‘saving face’ also coming into play…know that in the near future it just might happen. And why…because China can ill-afford having a loon next door going ‘rogue’ without warning, and because the Chinese know that the U.S. dollar is mightier than North Korea’s saber rattling sword.

And how so…first let’s look at a few key number facts* about both China’s and our U.S. economy and see who, if anybody, actually holds the much needed upper hand and why they do so.

Fact: China, thanks to rapid industrialization, is the world’s largest economy with $21.27 trillion in 2016 (with the allowing for adjusted purchasing power parity which is simply the exchange rate between two currencies equaling the ratio of the currencies’ respective purchasing power); the European Union is second at $19.1 trillion; and the United States, thanks to Obama’s total economic disasters, is now in third place at $18.5 trillion. But even with this China’s economic growth slowed to 7.7% last year, it continues to show some signs of decelerating further. This has certain trading partners worried, especially those that export a lot of resources to China…trading partners like Brazil and Australia.

But for China this slowdown in growth is not necessarily a bad thing as a slowing down usually does happen after years of rapid growth. And China has had an eight-fold increase in living standards in a mere 30 years…an increase that took the U.S. 122 years and Japan about 80 years to achieve. Or as economist Barry Naughton states, “China’s growth is slowing in part because it has graduated early.”

Fact: as of this past February the U.S. debt to China stands at $1.059 trillion and climbing…as in 27.8% of the $3.8 trillion in Treasury bills, notes, and bonds held by foreign countries. The rest of the $19.9 trillion national debt is owned by either the American people or by the U.S. government itself, and that once thought unimaginable number of monies owed is again thanks to the free-for-all spending of one Barack HUSSEIN Obama.

Fact: China exported about $482 billion in goods to the 2015 (the latest finalized numbers available), more than any other country who exported goods to the U.S., and that is according to the Office of the United States Trade Representative. However, we exported just $116 billion in goods to China during the same year, putting our goods trade deficit at $366 billion.

Fact: China buys U.S. debt to support the value of the dollar. And why…because China ties in its currency (the yuan) to the U.S. dollar, and devalues said currency when needed to keep its export prices competitive.

And much to the chagrin of so many, it appears on the surface that it is China who holds the upper hand in regards to the above facts for China’s role as America’s largest banker, if you will, gives her needed bargaining leverage no matter how the media tries to claim it does not. And China quite often, and not so quietly, states that it will sell off part of its U.S. holdings (and that includes its land holdings) if we continue to pressure her to raise the yuan’s value. In fact, since 2005, China raised the yuan’s value by 33% against the dollar, and between 2014 and 2015, the dollar’s strength increased by 25% causing China to allow the value of the yuan to decline. And why did they allow this…simply…this decline allowed China’s exports to remain competitive with Asian countries that did not tie their currency to the U.S. dollar.

So where exactly does our economic upper hand come in or do we actually have one at all? First, to outwardly gain the economic upper hand within a short period of time some say we can always place tariffs of up to 45% (remember President Trump spoke about that during the campaign) on goods coming into the U.S. from China. However, doing this would actually hurt both our countries as we are a prime export market for Chinese goods, and so in turn U.S. companies would lose access to China’s growing middle class.

And then China, a country who has now for all intents and purposes actually embraced capitalism, can always choose to rid itself of its U.S. Treasuries which would negatively affect U.S. financial markets by its causing so-called downward ‘shifts’ in the dollar or interest rates.

So where does our economic upper hand really lie…it lies with the fact that as China’s economy continues to develop no matter a temporary slowdown, they are now being forced to pay their workers more which in turn sees low-cost manufacturing jobs leaving China for even lower-cost countries like Vietnam, Bangladesh, and even (gasp) Mexico. And as per The Washington Post, China has also exhausted most of what economists call catch-up’ growth from acquiring the technologies of more advanced markets for as countries catch up and get richer, their economic growth just tends to slow…and might I add while our economic growth is finally moving forward instead of just holding steady.

So how and why does all this affect China’s sudden cooperation in reigning in North Korea’s man-child Kim Jong-un…or at least their trying to. First, China is North Korea’s chief economic so-called ‘pipeline’ and that means they supply Kim Jong-un with the oil and coal needed to keep his country operational, meaning if said oil and coal is not supplied then the North Korean economy…no matter how unstable it already is…would totally collapse in full.

Second, if that collapse did happen the Kim family dynasty would obviously come to an end, which in turn could lead to a unified Korea (which by the way will eventually happen) led by the South, which is home to tens of thousands of American soldiers sitting right on China’s border. And lastly, that would be coupled with countless numbers of refugees from the north flooding into China which would negatively impact their economy…that is unless beneficial economic trade agreements were reached between Beijing and Washington…trade agreements that would bring into China enough cash to balance out all the new mouths they would now be forced to feed.

And how does this new cooperation in turn affect the U.S…it allows the U.S. to have leverage over both any new trade agreements reached as the Chinese now know they need the increased trade and resulting cash flow in case Kim Jong-un does the unthinkable…as in turn on the so-called Chinese hand that feeds them. And that possibility is now starting to loom large what with China now doing what Kim Jong-un never thought they would do…as in suspend all imports of North Korean coal for the rest of this year.

So in the end when push comes to shove, China does need us more than we need them for the dollar is indeed mightier than Kim Jong-un’s ever threatening sword.

By: Diane Sori / The Patriot Factor / Right Side Patriots           _________________________________                                                                        *Number facts cited from Real Money, The Washington Post, and The Balance

Copyright © 2017 Diane Sori / The Patriot Factor 


Today, Tuesday, April 25th from 7 to 9pm EST on American Political Radio, RIGHT SIDE PATRIOTS Craig Andresen and Diane Sori discuss who has the upper hand in regards to North Korea, misplaced indignation from both sides of the political isle, and important news of the week.

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Assessing Trump’s First 100 Days in Office

Saturday, April 29th marks President Trump’s first 100 days in
office. Cato scholar Gene Healy writes that “of the umpteen items
in Trump’s ‘100-day action plan,’ unveiled last fall in Gettysburg,
Pennsylvania, he’s barely moved on most, reversed himself on
others, and been stymied by Congress and the courts on the few
where he’s made a serious push. The candidate who proclaimed ‘I
alone can fix it’ is learning that, on the home front at least, our
political system remains resistant to one-man rule.”

Cato scholars join Healy in evaluating Trump’s record in several
policy areas, both against general principles and Trump’s own
benchmarks and promises.

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House Financial Services Committee Begins Work on Dodd-Frank Reform

The House Financial Services Committee held a hearing on Wednesday on the Financial CHOICE Act, which was recently introduced by Committee Chair Jeb Hensarling (R-Texas). The bill would greatly reform the Dodd-Frank Wall Street Reform and Consumer Protection Act. The bill has been introduced for the past two congressional cycles and is now once again up for critical evaluation.

One of the major issues discussed in the hearing is the problems Dodd-Frank has caused on economic growth and recovery. Among other things that have been attributed to it is that it has increased borrowing costs, created the Consumer Financial Protection Bureau (CFPB), and given the Financial Stability Oversight Council (FSOC) the authority to designate firms as systemically important financial institutions (SIFIs), and instituted price controls on debit and credit card transactions.

The CFPB is an independent federal agency, over which Congress has little to no authority, that keeps large banks from declaring bankruptcy and instead designated some banks as “too big to fail” which essentially gives it special status similar to Fannie Mae and Freddie Mac prior to the recession,

The result of Dodd-Frank is that it has become significantly harder for the financial sector to do business and therefore it has been harder to do work in that field. As a result, there has been a push for significant reform to the legislation.

In response, the Financial CHOICE Act was suggested to reform Dodd-Frank. The bill would increase penalties and fraud protections against institutions that engage in illicit practices, significantly reform the CFPB by eliminating some of its functions and move it from an independent agency to an enforcement agency similar to the FTC, eliminate the Office of Financial Research, reform oversight, impose term limits on members of the SEC’s Investor Advisory Committee, and provide reforms to the Federal Reserve. Also, Chairman Hensarling noted that there would be “bailouts for none” under this bill.

However, much of the debate went back to the 2008 recession. It was a tremendously impactful financial meltdown (one of the guest speakers mentioned seeing many people lose their jobs) which is the reason Dodd-Frank was passed. As a result, many Democrats placed the blame for the recession on a lack of regulatory oversight on large financial institutions.

Nevertheless, much of the response was that it was actually overregulation similar to Dodd-Frank that caused the recession. Points included a focus on Fannie Mae and Freddie Mac, which were given special status as government backed institutions. Likewise, it had been repeatedly pointed out by both Chairman Hensarling and Rep. Sean Duffy (R-Wis.) that the large financial institutions largely opposed the Financial CHOICE Act. It was viewed that lower regulations would increase competition for smaller institutions and greatly open the market in that capacity.

Overall, the Financial CHOICE Act is designed to increase competition among competing firms, rein in the CFPB, address overregulation, and address potential bailouts. The bill, however, is largely supported or opposed along party lines (just like Dodd-Frank was). Still, there is a decent chance it could pass in this Congress.

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Joss Whedon Vomits up Vile Joke About Teen Cancer Survivors

The terrible politicized life comments to this nice tweet are really something

— Ellen L. Carmichael (@ellencarmichael) April 27, 2017

Earlier today, Paul Ryan shared this photo of a meeting he had with childhood cancer survivors:

Advocacy is not limited to adults. These Wisconsin teens shared some powerful stories with me about their fight against childhood cancer.

— Paul Ryan (@SpeakerRyan) April 27, 2017

Director Joss Whedon didn’t see a sweet, inspirational moment so much as an opportunity to show what a flaming jackass he is . . .


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Kim Jong Un just gave the United States ‘the finger’ says Admiral Kirby

Retired Rear Admiral and former State Department spokesman John Kirby said that North Korean dictator Kim Jong Un’s missile launch Friday was a “middle finger” to the United States, to China, and the United Nations. He made the comments on CNN to John Berman.

“Admiral,” Berman inquired, “the North Koreans has done a number of missile tests since President Trump has taken office, but again this ones comes after key meetings with China. This one comes after many official statements from the administration and the State Department. You said earlier you think you think this is Kim Jong Un giving the United States, essentially, the finger.”

“I do, I believe that,” Kirby affirmed, “but it’s also Kim giving China the finger. And perhaps even the UN. I do think this was linked in time, and if early reports are accurate and this was launched from a mobile launcher, he can set those things up in relatively short order you don’t need a lot of time and prep. Thats actually one of the most dangerous things about the ballistic missile program that he advances is its mobility and the quickness with which he can launch these things.”

“So yeah,” he continued, “I think this this is him sending a signal that for all the tough talk coming out of New York and Washington, and even Beijing of late, he’s not listening, he’s going to pursue his program.”

“The fact that it doesn’t appear to have worked,” Kirby followed up, “the fact that it appears to have exploded shortly after liftoff, does that matter in and of itself, or is the fact that they keep on trying, is that what’s important here?”

“As I’ve said before,” Kirby responded, “I don’t think there’s anything such as failure in this program. Every time he does something like this whether it succeeds beyond his expectations or not, he learns, he adapts, and he folds those lessons in the program going forward.”

Ret. Adm. Kirby says the latest missile test from North Korea is a ‘middle finger’ to the US, China, and the UN

— Anderson Cooper 360° (@AC360) April 29, 2017

Kirby also dismissed those who were downplaying the test just because it wasn’t successful.

“So, I’ve seen the early reports that this thing didn’t go very far,” he said. “If it is a a KS-17 its meant to go between a 1,000 and 3,000 kilometers. Obviously it fell way short of that, but I don’t think we should dismiss this.”

“I think every time he does this, he gets better,” Kirby warned.

The United States had warned North Korea that they were risking military action with their belligerent and threatening missile tests. Trump took to Twitter to castigate the country, saying, “North Korea disrespected the wishes of China & its highly respected President when it launched, though unsuccessfully, a missile today. Bad!”

North Korea disrespected the wishes of China & its highly respected President when it launched, though unsuccessfully, a missile today. Bad!

— Donald J. Trump (@realDonaldTrump) April 28, 2017

Turning to diplomacy after flexing military muscle, the United States urged the U.N. Security Council on Friday to increase economic pressure on North Korea over its nuclear weapons program, leaning on China in particular to turn the screws on its wayward ally. (April 28)

Trump has said that if diplomacy fails that we risk a “major, major” conflict with North Korea.

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Congress Gives Itself Another Week to Craft Spending Bill

Hours before the federal government’s spending authority expired Friday at midnight, the Senate advanced a one-week continuing resolution by voice vote, putting spending on autopilot and avoiding a looming government shutdown.

The Senate action followed a 382-30 House vote to pass the one-week extension. Without the measure, the government would have run out of money as Friday turned to Saturday.

The makeshift spending agreement allows lawmakers in the House and Senate to negotiate until next Friday to come to a deal and pass a huge, omnibus spending bill to fund the government through the rest of fiscal year 2017, which ends Sept. 30.  

“It really bothers me that we’re so late in getting this thing done,” Rep. Andy Biggs, R-Ariz., said of the 11th-hour spending resolution in an interview with The Daily Signal.

Rep. Andy Harris, R-Md., a member of the House Appropriations Committee, told The Daily Signal that the omnibus bill, expected to be introduced Monday, is progressing well.

“My understanding is that the omnibus bill is nearly complete, that … we may actually be able to combine all the separate appropriations bills into that omnibus bill, and that’s good news,” Harris said in an interview.

Votes on the omnibus spending bill is expected on Thursday.

Funding for President Donald Trump’s border wall is not included. Republican lawmakers in the House and Senate have said they prefer to put off a fight with Democrats over beginning to pay for the wall until the fall, rather than as part of funding the government for the rest of the current fiscal year.

“Full border wall funding can’t be there at this point,” Sen. James Lankford, R-Okla., a supporter of the wall, said in a recent interview with The Daily Signal. “It’s not designed, prototypes have not been created.”

Biggs said he is preparing an amendment to defund Planned Parenthood for inclusion in the omnibus spending bill. He said it mirrors Vice President Mike Pence’s amendment to defund Planned Parenthood that the House passed in 2011, when Pence was a Republican congressman from Indiana.

National defense must be a priority in the omnibus bill, Harris said.

“I look forward to a very lively discussion for the next year’s appropriations bills on the president’s plan to begin to prioritize funding within the nonmandatory side of the ledger and to reemphasize defense of the nation and homeland security as a top priority,” Harris said.  

House Minority Leader Nancy Pelosi, D-Calif., predicted controversy for the omnibus bill currently being discussed.  

“There are probably still 70 poison pills in the bill that we can’t live with,” Pelosi said Wednesday on CNN.

Appropriations Vice Chair Leahy On Senate Floor, About One-Week Continuing Resolution To Prevent Govt Shutdown:

— Sen. Patrick Leahy (@SenatorLeahy) April 28, 2017

“One party now controls the White House and both chambers of Congress,” Sen. Patrick Leahy, D-Vt., ranking  member of the Appropriations Committee, said in a prepared statement about the one-week extension. “It is incumbent upon them to ensure that the government of the American people stays open and is fully funded.”   

Biggs, however, sounded cautiously optimistic about what those crafting the omnibus will produce.

“I hope they produce something in writing soon because I don’t know how they expect people to vote on stuff they don’t have time to read,” the Arizona Republican said.  

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Woman Forced 12-Year-Old Into Prostitution, Made Her Have an Abortion After She Became Pregnant

In a disturbing North Carolina case this week, a 12-year-old girl allegedly was forced into prostitution, raped repeatedly and given an abortion over a two-year period.

The Winston-Salem Journal reports Flora Riano Gonzalez, of Winston-Salem, North Carolina, was convicted on charges of forcing the young girl into prostitution while she was between the ages of 12 and 14. On Friday, a judge sentenced Gonzalez to up to 16 years and 6 months in prison, the report states.

Gonzalez allegedly reported the girl’s sexual abuse herself after the girl became pregnant; authorities said Gonzalez hoped to get the girl a free, taxpayer-funded abortion because she was a sexual assault victim, according to the report.

Here’s more from the report:

According to testimony and closing arguments, Gonzalez forced the girl into prostitution when she was 12 in 2011. Gonzalez took the girl to Armando Graciano, who operated a laundromat. Graciano raped the girl and then took the girl to other adult men, who also raped her in exchange for money, Assistant District Attorney Kia Chavious said in closing arguments. Graciano is facing pending charges of felonious restraint, two counts of indecent liberties with a child, statutory rape, human trafficking and sexual servitude.

Chavious said Gonzalez transported the girl to various locations so that the girl could have sex with adult men for money. When the girl was 14, she became pregnant, and Gonzalez reported the sexual assault to Winston-Salem Police Department in an effort to get the girl a free abortion. The girl also had contracted chlamydia, a sexually-transmitted disease, Chavious said. …

Lisa Costner, Gonzalez’s attorney, said in closing arguments that there was no evidence that Gonzalez was prostituting the child or that she knew the girl was being sexually assaulted until the girl became pregnant. She also questioned the girl’s credibility.

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Abortion and sexual abuse often are connected. Sometimes the abuser pressures or forces the victim to have an abortion to cover up the crime.

Earlier this month, LifeNews reported another case where a Wisconsin man was charged with raping multiple children and performing a “crude” abortion on one of them after she became pregnant.

Research indicates human trafficking victims often are forced or coerced into aborting their unborn babies. A survey by the U.S. Department of State found that 55 percent of sex trafficking victims had at least one abortion, with 30 percent having multiple abortions. More than half said they did not choose to abort their unborn child; their traffickers ordered them to, according to the survey.

Many sexual abuse victims who become pregnant say the abortion only added to their trauma, according to research by the Elliot Institute.

In 2015, a sexual abuse victim told a British court that her abuser forced her to abort her unborn child. While the woman admitted that she had no desire to be a mother, she said she would not have aborted her baby – “because I didn’t want to go through all that.”

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