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How Many Times Can the President Be Called “Unfit” Before It Undermines Confidence in America?

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by Pam Martens and Russ Martens, Wall St On Parade:

The point of having a President is that in times of crisis there is one leader who can speak quickly and directly to anxious citizens and rally their confidence and trust and optimism to push forward to create a better day for themselves and their country. Franklin Delano Roosevelt was the embodiment of such a leader.  We have reprinted below his Christmas Eve message to the nation on December 24, 1941 as a much-needed reminder of how a President of these United States should conduct himself in a time of crisis.

In the case of President Donald Trump, it took him four days to pull himself away from public bickering with NFL athletes and notice that an unprecedented humanitarian disaster was unfolding in Puerto Rico following the devastation unleashed there by a direct hit from Hurricane Maria. Then, over the next ten days, the President alternated between reminding Puerto Ricans, all of whom are U.S. citizens, that they must deal with their debt to Wall Street; get their financial house in order; and adding a final Tweeted insult that implied Puerto Ricans were lazy slackers waiting for a handout. What kind of leader talks to his own citizens like that when they don’t know where they will find food or water to survive over the next week and when 95 percent of the 3.4 million residents of Puerto Rico remain without electricity.

Today, the New York Times has titled a column by Michelle Goldberg, “An Unfit President Fails Puerto Rico.” Goldberg writes:

“Reports from post-hurricane Puerto Rico tell of American citizens experiencing a level of humanitarian desperation usually seen only in the poorest of countries. As of Saturday, according to the Department of Defense, only 45 percent of customers on the island had access to drinking water. People are frantically seeking food and medical supplies, and there’s not enough diesel to deliver much of the aid that’s reached San Juan. While that city’s mayor pleaded with the world for help, the president of the United States tweeted racially inflected insults at her and her people from his golf club. He implied they are lazy and ‘want everything to be done for them’ rather than helping themselves.”

Donald Trump has been President of the United States for just over eight months. For many of us, it feels like an eternity in hell. Each time we read the word “unfit” or a similar headline assessment describing the President of our country, we cringe with the realization that our nation is losing the confidence of our allies around the world and the positive outlook of  our fellow Americans is being deeply eroded.

On June 30 of this year, the headline “Donald Trump Is Not Well,” ran over an OpEd at the Washington Post by Mika Brzezinski and Joe Scarborough, hosts of the MSNBC show, Morning Joe. The OpEd came in response to a sexist rant against Brzezinski by the President of the United States the prior day on his Twitter page. Invoking for the second time his fixation about women and blood, the President called Brzezinski “low I.Q. Crazy Mika” and said that at a prior visit to his Mar-a-Lago residence in Palm Beach she was “bleeding badly from a face-lift.” (The hosts called the face-lift allegation a lie.) Adding some evidentiary support to their claim that the President “is not well,” the MSNBC hosts wrote:

“From his menstruation musings about Megyn Kelly, to his fat-shaming treatment of a former Miss Universe, to his braggadocio claims about grabbing women’s genitalia, the 45th president is setting the poorest of standards for our children.”

In July, David Rothkopf, a Washington Post columnist and visiting scholar at the Carnegie Endowment, wrote that “for the first time in three decades in the world of foreign policy,” he was “getting regular questions about the mental health of the president.” Rothkoph explained:

“That is where we are now. The president’s tweeting hysterically at the media is just an element of this. So too is his malignant and ever-visible narcissism. The president has demonstrated himself to have zero impulse control and a tendency to damage vital international relationships with ill-considered outbursts, to trust very few of the people in his own government, and to reportedly rant and shout at staff and even at the television sets he obsessively watches.”

Rothkoph suggests in his column that the greatest threat to the country is the president himself. We disagree. The greatest threat to the United States is that its citizens accept this behavior without meaningful challenge and forget how a true leader acts and sounds like.

President Franklin D. Roosevelt’s Message to the Nation, Christmas Eve, December 24, 1941

Fellow workers for freedom:

There are many men and women in America — sincere and faithful men and women — who are asking themselves this Christmas:

How can we light our trees? How can we give our gifts?

How can we meet and worship with love and with uplifted spirit and heart in a world at war, a world of fighting and suffering and death?

How can we pause, even for a day, even for Christmas Day, in our urgent labor of arming a decent humanity against the enemies which beset it?

How can we put the world aside, as men and women put the world aside in peaceful years, to rejoice in the birth of Christ?

These are natural—inevitable—questions in every part of the world which is resisting the evil thing.

And even as we ask these questions, we know the answer. There is another preparation demanded of this Nation beyond and beside the preparation of weapons and materials of war. There is demanded also of us the preparation of our hearts; the arming of our hearts. And when we make ready our hearts for the labor and the suffering and the ultimate victory which lie ahead, then we observe Christmas Day—with all of its memories and all of its meanings—as we should.

Looking into the days to come, I have set aside a day of prayer, and in that Proclamation I have said:

“The year 1941 has brought upon our Nation a war of aggression by powers dominated by arrogant rulers whose selfish purpose is to destroy free institutions. They would thereby take from the freedom-loving peoples of the earth the hard-won liberties gained over many centuries.

“The new year of 1942 calls for the courage and the resolution of old and young to help to win a world struggle in order that we may preserve all we hold dear.

“We are confident in our devotion to country, in our love of freedom, in our inheritance of courage. But our strength, as the strength of all men everywhere, is of greater avail as God upholds us.

“Therefore, I… do hereby appoint the first day of the year 1942 as a day of prayer, of asking forgiveness for our shortcomings of the past, of consecration to the tasks of the present, of asking God’s help in days to come.

“We need His guidance that this people may be humble in spirit but strong in the conviction of the right; steadfast to endure sacrifice, and brave to achieve a victory of liberty and peace.”

Our strongest weapon in this war is that conviction of the dignity and brotherhood of man which Christmas Day signifies — more than any other day or any other symbol.

Read More @ WallStOnParade.com

The Gold Coin Dilemma, Politics and Nonsense

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by Gary Christenson, Deviant Investor:

There are five identical bags of gold, and each contains ten gold coins. However, one of the five bags contains fake gold. The real gold, fake gold, and five bags appear identical, except the coins of fake gold each weigh 1.1 ounces, and the real gold coins each weigh 1 ounce. You have an accurate digital scale and CAN USE IT ONLY ONCE.

How do you determine which bag contains the fake gold?

(Thanks to my friend Brian C. for sending me this dilemma.)

There is a straight-forward answer to this question, but let’s speculate on what happens when we involve politics and prejudice.

The European Politician: As Prime Minister Junker said, “When it becomes serious, you have to lie.” Forty ounces of gold is serious wealth, and we discourage using gold, so this is one of many times when lying is required. These gold coins are fakes and we are confiscating them. The supposed owner will be charged with several crimes.

The Dallas School Politician: We are planning to rename schools bearing the names of Confederate generals and leaders because the Confederate economy used slavery and slavery was bad. The Southerners also used gold for trade, so we are opposed to using gold as well.

The Chicago Politician: These gold coins symbolize the oppression of the masses and the unfair distribution of wealth across racial lines in America. As your public servant I am personally confiscating these coins so they will no longer remind my many supporters of racism and inequality.

The Swiss Gold Refiner: We’ll perform a simple and non-invasive test, return the fake gold to London, melt and refine the genuine gold into 99.99{5f621241b214ad2ec6cd4f506191303eb2f57539ef282de243c880c2b328a528} purity and cast it into a one kilo bar. The remaining gold bullion will be used in another bar and both will be sold to China where gold is understood and valued.

The DEA Agent: No American has any business carrying 40 or 50 ounces of gold. These gold coins resulted from illegal drug sales, so we are confiscating them.

The NFL Player: Hey man, like we’re protesting social issues or somethin’ and don’t know about no gold coins.

Ben S. Bernanke: Nobody really understands gold prices and I don’t pretend to understand them either.” These coins will be shipped to my friend, the CEO of Goldman Sachs, for evaluation.

Democratic National Committee Executive: I understand this question will be presented to both candidates in the next debate. I’ll make certain our Democratic candidate receives both the question and answer in advance.

Republican Senator: Don’t bother me with trivial issues. I’m on my way to collect a $2,000,000 “thank you gift” from a major defense contractor because I wrote legislation that will boost his profitability by over one $billion in the next five years. American business must be supported.

Professor funded by a grant from Global Warming Advocate: My extensive computer analysis shows that production of these gold coins increased the average temperature of the planet by 0.000003 degrees Celsius, plus or minus 0.0002 degrees. Further, I calculated the gasses created from fossil fuels burned in the production of these gold coins were equal to the flatulence expelled by 137 average cows over the course of one year. The production of these gold coins and excessive cow flatulence are two causes of the global warming catastrophe that will destroy the planet.

Conservative Austrian Economist: The real gold coins are money. The fake coins are similar to debt based fiat currency units with no intrinsic value. The free market can decide which should be used.

Congressman: I will convene a committee of distinguished colleagues and we shall hold public hearings accepting fair and objective testimony as to which coins are real, which are fake, and why people bother with the barbaric concept of gold coins. Hearings and analysis should last no longer than ten months. I will present the committee report about six weeks before my next election. All television networks are invited to broadcast my presentation of our findings. I trust my American voters will appreciate me, their congressional representative, and how I am dealing with this pressing problem.

Mainstream News Reporter: We believe these coins are fake news. An anonymous source has confirmed that all 50 coins are fake gold and were manufactured in Russia, possibly at the request of our Republican President. This is another example of Russian gold hacking that must be stopped.

Read More @ DeviantInvestor.com

Chinese Vessels Keeping Close Eye on U.S. Ships in South China Sea

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by Kristina Wong, Breitbart:

China is keeping a close watch on U.S. Navy ships in the South China Sea, even sending vessels to “check out” the ships and lingering for days, according to a recent report.

Two Chinese frigates watched the USS Ronald Reagan, the U.S.’s Japan-based aircraft carrier, on Saturday as it conducted routine drills according to a Bloomberg report.

In addition, the Reagan’s officers described “frequent close quarter surveillance” from Chinese People’s Liberation Army Navy ships in international waters.

Sometimes, those Chinese ships “steam in to check out the carrier.” Other times, the ships linger for days, they said. The Reagan‘s crew have had to alert the Chinese vessels on occasion when they have to sharply alter course, they said.

Rear Adm. Marc Dalton, commander of the Reagan carrier strike group—the complement of ships and aircraft that protect the carrier—said, “We’ve had no issues. They’ve been very professional.”

“We see them on a regular basis,” he said.

Dalton said he would soon lead the carrier to a port call in Hong Kong, the first such visit in three years after a previous request in 2016 was denied.

China claims much of the South China Sea as its own territory, even though parts of it are also claimed by six other countries.

The U.S. maintains the waters are open to international passage and does not take sides in the disputes, but urges nations to resolve territorial disputes peacefully through international arbitration mechanisms.

The Reagan is the only U.S. carrier permanently stationed overseas, and would likely be part of any response to any U.S. military contingency.

North Korean missile and nuclear tests have kept the region on edge in recent months, and the U.S. has kept a military option on the table to prevent North Korea from getting a nuclear bomb that can hit the U.S.

The Reagan strike group is planning to exercise with South Korean defense forces in October, according to the report.

Dalton said the carrier task force he leads is ready to execute its missions, despite a series of accidents by U.S. ships in the Asia Pacific.

Read More @ Breitbart.com

SCHOOLS ACROSS ENGLAND REMOVING ALL CALENDAR REFERENCES TO JESUS CHRIST BY SWITCHING TO CE AND BCE

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by Geoffrey Grider, Now The End Begins:

The traditional terms BC, Before Christ, and AD, Anno Domini, are being ditched for BCE – Before Common Era, and CE – Common Era. The new terms still denote the periods before and after the birth of Christ. Local authority committees drawing up religious education syllabuses say the old terms may upset minorities or non-believers. But critics blasted the move as a ‘capitulation to political correctness’.

SCHOOLS ACROSS THE COUNTRY HAVE STOPPED USING THE TERMS BC AND AD IN RELIGIOUS EDUCATION LESSONS FOR FEAR OF OFFENDING NON-CHRISTIANS.

“And he hath on his vesture and on his thigh a name written, KING OF KINGS, AND LORD OF LORDS.” Revelation 19:16 (KJV)

EDITOR’S NOTE: For hundreds of years, the world has used a calendar where each and every year is a direct reference to Jesus of Nazareth. Now in the country from whence the King James Bible first came into being, those references – AD and BC – are being removed from all calendars in the school systems. It is being replaced with CE for ‘common era’ and BCE ‘before the common era’ so favored by atheists, agnostics and Jehovah’s Witnesses. As we get closer to the Rapture of the Church, the world being left behind is preparing to meet Antichrist.

The traditional terms BC, Before Christ, and AD, Anno Domini, are being ditched for BCE – Before Common Era, and CE – Common Era. The new terms still denote the periods before and after the birth of Christ.

Local authority committees drawing up religious education syllabuses say the old terms may upset minorities or non-believers. But critics blasted the move as a ‘capitulation to political correctness’.

Former Archbishop of Canterbury Lord Carey said the rulings by the religious education committees were a ‘great shame’.

Muslim and Jewish leaders were also mystified, saying they were not offended by the familiar terms.

Local authority committees – known as Standing Advisory Councils for Religious Education (SACREs) – from Brighton and Essex are among a growing number urging heads to ditch BC and AD.

The syllabus for schools in East Sussex, for example, reads: ‘BCE and CE are now used in order to show sensitivity to those who are not Christians.’

Lord Carey said: ‘I have never met a Muslim or Jewish leader who is offended by the Gregorian calendar’ while leading Imam Ibrahim Mogra said: ‘I don’t believe it causes Muslims offence.’ A spokesman for the Board of Deputies of British Jews said: ‘I don’t think anyone would mind if in mainstream schools they use BC and AD.’

Chris McGovern, the chairman of the Campaign for Real Education, said: removing BC and AD ‘is a capitulation to political correctness’.

Read More @ NowTheEndBegins.com

Mariano Rajoy, You are a Disgrace to Spain and the World, Please Resign: Catalonia Has Spoken Loud and Clear

by Mish Shedlock, MishTalk:

panish prime minister Mariano Rajoy, the man who said there would not be a vote, now has to face the facts: 90{5f621241b214ad2ec6cd4f506191303eb2f57539ef282de243c880c2b328a528} Voted for Independence.

  • 90{5f621241b214ad2ec6cd4f506191303eb2f57539ef282de243c880c2b328a528} of the 2.26 million Catalans who voted on Sunday voted in favour of independence, according to preliminary results released by the region’s government. The region has 5.3 million voters. Officials said 770,000 votes were lost due to disruption which resulted in polling stations being raided by Spanish police.
  • Carles Puigdemont, Catalan’s leader, announced in a televised statement that the region had earned the right to become an independent state and that results would be passed the region’s parliament in the coming days.

This video of Madrid thugs stomping on people attempting to vote is worth a replay

Dear PM Rajoy, Here are the Results

  • Despite the hundreds of thousands of police goons you sent in to stop the vote, a vote did indeed take place.
  • With 90{5f621241b214ad2ec6cd4f506191303eb2f57539ef282de243c880c2b328a528} of the vote in, over 2,020,144 voted for independence.
  • Only 176,565, were against.
  • Your thugs seized another 770,000 ballots, the vast majority of which were undoubtedly in favor of independence.
  • 5.3 million were eligible to vote, and over 50{5f621241b214ad2ec6cd4f506191303eb2f57539ef282de243c880c2b328a528} tried, despite your thug actions.

Read More @ MishTalk.com

Do States in USA Have a Right to Leave?

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by Martin Armstrong, Armstrong Economics:

QUESTION: Mr. Armstrong,

I agree with your blog post about sharing the Declaration of Independence, and how a people have the right to declare independence.

Hypothetically, what would your thoughts be if a State decided to leave our Federal Republic… would you believe that a State has the right to declare independence?

Thank you for your thoughts.

AP

ANSWER: I have to be consistent that what stands as a principle for one must stand for all. I greatly admired former Justice Scalia. However, in a letter he once said that there was no right to separate and that was decided by the Civil War. War never settles any issue morally or ethically. Both Lenin and Mao won their wars. So did the Mongols. I do not believe those wars establish morality or ethics – only the principle that he who has the the power wins the battle field.

I personally believe that the removal of monuments and suddenly saying Jefferson was a slave owner to tarnish his reputation, is all an effort supported to really target the rise of separatism. It is too coincidental and the Civil War was not exclusively about slavery – it was about State’s rights. The bulk of the soldiers were not slave owners. Even General Lee had written to the New York Times and said he would free all his slaves. All this removal of monuments that have been there for 100 years or more that suddenly offend people should not be painted with the same brush.

Of course slavery is wrong and today we are all economic slaves told to produce for the state and if we do not turn our income over to them, we are imprisoned and our families destroyed. Not everything was about slavery to justify rewriting history. There are people wanting to protest to stop Columbus Day parades. Columbus was imprisoned for treating the natives equally with Spanish citizens. Ethically, slavery was only justified as the spoils of war. That is why slaves were imported from Africa where one tribe sold the other to the Dutch. The natives in America were not made into slaves because they were not the spoils of war. So the whole issue is far more complicated than the simplistic labels being attached.

Read More @ ArmstrongEconomics.com

House Is Scheduled To Vote On Legislation Regarding The Sales Of Gun Silencers This Week

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by Mac Slavo, SHTFPlan:

Although the mass shooting in Las Vegas won’t likely delay the vote scheduled for later this week on the regulation of gun silencers, it could alter the outcome.

A provision called the Hearing Protection Act, tucked into the bipartisan Sportsmen Heritage and Recreational Enhancement, or SHARE Act, would eliminate restrictions on silencers and instead treat them as ordinary firearms. Under the National Firearms Act of 1934, suppressors – along with “destructive devices” such as grenades or rocket launchers, “sawed-off” shotguns and machine guns – require federal registration and a special license to own, as well as a $200 tax stamp to purchase that would also be repealed under the proposed law.  A vote on this law was delayed before….

Remember the last time that this law’s vote was delayed? SHTFPlan remembers.  It was after the shooting of representative Steve Scalise while practicing baseball back in June. But that’s all just a coincidence, right?

The vote was postponed until early September. It passed out of House Committee on Natural Resources on a party-line vote of 22-13 on September 13 and it is expected to see a similar result when put up for a vote in the full House. Democrats in the Senate, however, are expected to block the measure; and they now have a crisis to exploit in order to do so.

Gun control advocates have slammed the measure as a boon to manufacturers of silencers, whose sales has been slumping in recent years. They also point out silencers would make it much more difficult for law enforcement to stop shooters like the one who opened fire on an outdoor music in Las Vegas, killing at least 50 and injuring hundreds of others Sunday night.

“Law enforcement and military experts have told the American people and Congress they oppose this bill, and that there are very effective hearing protection devices already available on the open market,” Kris Brown, president of the Brady Campaign to Prevent Gun Violence, said in a statement after the bill passed out of committee. “Keeping guns out of dangerous hands and stopping school shootings, ambushes of police and other mass shootings before they can start is the priority for the American people – not making it harder to detect a shooting once it starts.” -U.S. News

Hillary Clinton has also already taken the NRA (National Rifle Association) to task and blamed the organization for this shooting.

Read More @ SHTFPlan.com

Russian Gold Reserves Hit Putin-Era High, Buying Frenzy Accelerates

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from ZeroHedge:

Amid a creeping global de-dollarization, Vladimir Putin appears to be the one leading the charge from the precious metal perspective.

As Bloomberg’s Yuliya Fedorinova and Olga Tanas reportthe Bank of Russia has more than doubled the pace of gold purchases, bringing the share of bullion in its international reserves to the highest of Putin’s 17 years in power, according to World Gold Council data.

Rising at a pace of around 15{5f621241b214ad2ec6cd4f506191303eb2f57539ef282de243c880c2b328a528} per year, Russia’s absolute gold horde is at a record high…

In the second quarter alone, it accounted for 38 percent of all gold purchased by central banks.

The gold rush is allowing the Bank of Russia to continue growing its reserves while abstaining from purchases of foreign currency for more than two years.

It’s one of a handful of central banks to keep the faith as global demand for the precious metal fell to a two-year low in the second quarter.

“Gold is an asset that is independent of any government and, in effect, given what is usually held in reserves, any western government,” said Matthew Turner, metals analyst at Macquarie Group Ltd. in London.

 

“This might appeal given Russia has faced financial sanctions.”

If Russia’s buying continues at a similar pace, the World Gold Council said the full-year increase in 2017 “could closely match” the 200 tons purchased annually in 2015 and 2016.

At its current pace, Moscow will unseat China for the number five spot of gold-holding nations by the first quarter of 2018.

But China is no slouch, as Reuters reportsChina’s proven gold reserves reached 12,100 tonnes at the end of 2016, the state news agency Xinhua reported on Monday quoting an official with the national gold association.

Read More @ ZeroHedge.com

John Rubino – Catalonia Succession Vote Brutally Suppressed

by Kerry Lutz, Financial Survival Network:

John Rubino returns… First, again our thoughts and prayers go out to the victims and the loved ones involved in the Las Vegas Massacre. There are just no words to describe the horror. John and I discussed the Catalonian succession vote in Spain. Seems that the powers that be didn’t want to see it happen and attacked innocent people who were voting. There were hundreds of injuries for absolutely now reason. And the vote, largely symbolic, still went to independence. As John says, “It’s easy for a small area to setup a country these days.”

Click HERE to listen.

Read More @ FinancialSurvivalNetwork.com